Emma MacNicol

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Curatorial Assistant 
Science Museum

I believe I have a global perspective that allows me to see what connects different communities, countries and people. I have also worked with a wide range of collections and within a wide range of heritage institutions. I aim to consolidate all these experiences into a meaningful career in the arts and heritage industry. 

During my time at Birmingham Museums Trust as a Collections Support Trainee based at the Trust’s offsite storage facility, The Museum Collection Centre, I achieved and learnt a lot. I feel that the traineeship was very useful in developing my skills for working in the heritage sector in the future. I learnt about and got to apply practical skills related to collections care, management and documentation in all the various tasks I was doing, including assisting the Change Makers project with accessing objects for the #PastIsNow exhibition on Birmingham and the British Empire.  

Other projects I have helped on at Birmingham Museums Trust include the Arts Council England funded ‘Birmingham Manufactures’ project. I have worked with the project in a number of ways. This includes surveying historical and archival records of objects in the Science and Industry collection and documenting any information that was not currently in the database to improve the electronic collection records. I have also helped catalogue objects in the collection and conducted research to establish further details about collection items. 

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