I had a lovely time at the London Museum Volunteer Awards 2016 last night. I didn’t expect to be nominated for an award but it’s nice to see that individual efforts have been acknowledged.
It is very humbling to be a volunteer and being recognised for my efforts.
I was nominated in the Team of the Year category. I believe we worked well as a team. It shows how far the team has come. If I can speak for myself, I truly proud of the success of the museum, the members that were nominated and also the individuals of the Museum. The important term is that I want to use WE and instead of I. We were 1 and not just a group of individuals. I can’t say enough of the work that we as a team did, we all bonded so brilliantly, we were all engaged in the task and putting in the time and effort is always important. As a team, undoubtedly this has been the best experience I’ve had both in a museum perspective and overall throughout my volunteer work.
For me, my target aims now are to reach the big time. I got the opportunity to meet various people from my future employers.
I was just surprised that V&A recognised me and took time out to talk to me during the event. I wasn’t expecting them to come over and say Hi. I thought that it was a nice gesture. I did my induction in the V&A the day before. I didn’t really bring it up that I was going to the ceremony, I didn’t really want to spoil the surprise, more importantly I just think it’s a welcome introduction of both myself and V&A on the night. I got to see notable success on the night. However I did spoil the surprise of telling the IWM that I was going lol. I have high praise for IWM, particularly because I am wanting to volunteer at IWM very soon if I have no luck on the job front.
I understand through working in IWM and V&A won’t be easy by any means. From working at both of these organisations, I want to earn the respect from my peers and take the same approach like in the Order of St John where I can get on well with everyone. When I say that I have a lot to learn, that is definitely an under statement. I’m not sure what I am going to encounter at V&A or IWM but I will give it my best shot. This will be a new chapter which I am very much looking forward to embracing.
While I was the Museum of London, I was able to view the Great Fire of London exhibition, it was very interesting, finding the culprit of who was responsible for the fire in the first place was like finding the identify of Jack The Ripper.
For me, this was more like a social network event than an awards ceremony.
I truly owe the honour of attending this event and the evening to the Museum of the Order of St John. They do a fantastic job and it has been lovely volunteering there. They are the reason why I was in the event in the first place. It is a small museum but we think and aim BIG. The Museum has been nominated three years in a row and it shows we can complete with the big names like V&A, HRP, IWM. Royal Academy of Arts and Museum of London.
For anyone who wants to volunteer or visits museums around London, I truly recommend the Order of St John. It is a pleasure working with them.
In this blog, I’m going to be discussing my two-week experience working in Priory Affairs at the Order of St John.
I found that the role was posted on the University of Leicester, I said to myself, this is an opportunity not to be missed so I went in and declared an interest and got a successful response. If your reading this and wanting to get a career in museums, that is a good place to find jobs and work experience.
So firstly, going into it, I briefly recapped myself on the job description the weekend before, I didn’t feel it was a big deal memorising the whole description.
After the first day, I knew the work was going to be very repetitive and so I was used to the whole routine from the get go. Ok, repetitive work doesn’t fit for everyone but I find it motivating. When I’m working, I like listening to music because it takes out interference from everyone and so I am able to focus solely on the job. My favourite music to listen to at the moment was the album ‘Everything This Way’ by Walking On Cars and I Cry When I Laugh by Jess Glynne. I wish it could happen for all the jobs I go for but it isn’t essential that I need to listen to music.
Originally it was scheduled that I was going to do the work for ten days but due to the bank holidays, I was able to do eight days. Even on the last day, I was just drained out of energy so I was glad the whole experience was over. However, I have gone back to continue the work because I did enjoy the work and the fellow volunteers who were involved with the project as well so I wanted to continue working and give up my time out of my schedule to do so.
In general terms, this experience has been rewarding and valuable, it’s taught me about understanding what’s it like travelling most of the week on the tube and understanding of the intensity of work and taught me how well we worked together as a team.
I have gone on to be nominated for Team of the Year in the London Museum Volunteer Awards 2016 at the Museum of London.
I have written a blog on this event and will be uploaded shortly.
Just been a busy week so far, a lot has been happening this week ….
I had a volunteer recruitment day at V&A earlier this week and just came home this evening from a group interview for a number of positions at Imperial War Museum Group.
Both of these events were very daunting for me. I’m not really a brash person or someone who enjoys speaking up in front of groups so it does seem like a phobia to me in that respect.
When I went for a group interview today, it definitely felt like I was going on Fear Factor or The Apprentice, the competition was very tough. There were people who were similar age as myself, one immigrated from Australia, one person I spoke to came all the way from Worcester so people were coming from a long way out, the salary was roughly £18k. I can safely say this was probably the most nervous experience I’ve had, the interview basically involved standing up in front of 20 people and introducing myself. Then I had to choose a product and basically do a sales pitch to everyone, as I’ve not done a sales pitch I didn’t really know how to go about it or not confident enough in my ability to up sell something but I gave it my best shot. Then we basically worked with a scenario of if we were stranded in South America and got given a list of objects we had to take and pick 5 of those, what would you pick and why? The exercise was good because it was a group exercise so I found it the most enjoyable of them all. I excel in a team focussed environment We were then got told a few real-time scenarios that we would most likely be in and I chipped in with some responses to some of how I would deal with the situation.
To be honest, as I said before competition was tough today and some people excelled more than others. As I said I’m not really comfortable with group interviews because I find it hard or difficult to interrupt because I don’t like to but in when people are talking and disrespect the person talking. I did make meaningful contributions throughout so I’m just using this as a learning experience, I don’t think it was a mistake applying but I have to accept that in some jobs I go for, despite my experience, there will be people who have the relevant experience that I don’t have.
Overall, I think there were 6 posts going, there were two sessions in the day, I was allocated in the afternoon and about 20 people were in mine so I’m guessing there was around 20 in the morning. One of the interviewees said there were about 150 to 200 job applications so it’s tough but I’m always ambitious. People can say to me that I should be going for any job but I know what my long-term goals are and where I need to be. I’m not deterred by people’s opinions in that respect. One day I will make it but the question is when I will be able to make it?
I don’t think I had the same experience at V&A. Even tho it was a volunteer recruitment day, the competition was tough and intense. By the end of the day, I was completely miserable and shattered because the whole experience was daunting. I’ve worked in a number of small organisations and it doesn’t compare to V&A. The people there were both young and old. There must have been a good thirty or forty people there. (Just my estimation). I was in a complete disadvantage because people have been to the V&A and people like to talk over where I just felt like talking but like 6 or 7 were talking at once so it’s just frustrating that I didn’t get much chance to speak or engage with the conversation but that’s the person I am. I would be probably be glad to get the position because I have always want to step up from working in small museums to national museums.
My long-term goal is to work at a national organisation such as English Heritage, National Trust, HRP, Royal Collections Trust. Any of those places would be dream come true.
I would be glad not to be associated with V&A because I don’t feel I can work with people who have strong personalities or people solely look at themselves as individuals. I am about supporting the team. My experience in V&A was utter shambles. Towards the end, I was interviewed from 5 people and I had about like 2 or 3 minutes to speak to each one. It was my first experience of speed dating lol. After the interview, I just couldn’t be bothered to see the museum, I just wanted to get out of there and I was very disappointed in myself, for about half an hour of when I came home, I was in my bedroom I was just putting my face in the pillow and just felt miserable.
This is tough for me, like in life, everyone’s life goes through tough periods. I’m not really bothered about anyone’s situation because it’s not my business and basically it seems like I don’t have any preservation. I know I can’t afford to go on a holiday to India, which is a tremendous shame because I would have loved to go on the cricket tour later this year. I can’t afford to rent and I have no aspiration of getting a girlfriend anytime soon. Good thing is that I have recovered from being heartbroken earlier this year and I don’t have any negativity towards the person or have any plans of meeting the person again.
It is easy for people who have jobs to criticise or judge those who don’t have jobs. I have had people criticise me or just wished no sympathy what so ever so I’m cool with that. When I was doing a volunteering session at English Heritage, the volunteer came up to me and said some things I felt was disrespectful but that’s life for me really. I don’t think I get much or enough respect for my choices or the volunteer work I put in. That is the frustrating thing, I done so much volunteering for the last two or three years but not been rewarded for it. The people who I have worked with know how good I am.
I’m going to be returning back to volunteering very soon. I’m only going to carry out volunteering if it is going to help me in the long run.
I’ve started volunteering at Brent Museum where I’m doing some museum stuff, I’ve also got accepted at English Heritage as well which for me is a tremendous achievement. But the hard work has just begun. I don’t expect to be at Brent Museum for very long, I’m only going to be there till September so I’m just going to make the most of the opportunity I have there. I have accepted to the opportunity to volunteer at Wellington Arch owned by English Heritage, to me that is a dream or ambition of mine so that will long live in the memory. I hope to continue being associated with English Heritage.
There is a historical drama called Versailles that is centred on Versailles being built under Louis XIV.
Strangely enough, I have not actually watched any of the episodes yet so it probably seems shocking that I am even mentioning it.
As Versailles (the TV series) is a trending topic, I am going to be providing my opinions and understanding of Versailles.
I first knew or heard the name of Versailles through secondary school. I learnt about it in history lesson (but not in the way you may think). All of the people in my class were learning about post World War 1 and what lead to causes of World War II. Funny enough, we stumbled across learning about an important peace treaty called The Treaty of Versailles. The reason why I use important was because the allied countries that took part in World War I were represented by their rulers. So that was my introduction of the name alone.
Several years later, the name Versailles occurred to me because I often hear questions on TV quizzes related to Louis XIV. I have to confess that I don’t know much about Louis XIV because I’ve only been concerning on learning about British Kings and Queens. Just recently, I was watching a documentary called The Real Versailles presented by Lucy Worsley and Helen Castor, it was fascinating and interesting to hear and learn about the legacy of Versailles and hear why the palace was vital to Louis XIV reign. I would recommend watching it if you’re a history lover or want to know about the tales from the television series.
If I ever stop by Paris, I would definitely want to visit the Palace of Versailles. To me, I don’t know very much but the name is iconic and the pictures are just stunning, it is a mixture of the Old Royal Naval College, Hampton Court Palace and Red Square combined. The views are definitely breathtaking. The picture below is the Gardens of Versailles that I fetched from WikiPedia.