Coming at you live from the carpeted floor at the Chicago O’Hare Airport… it’s Year 3.
(apologies if there’s spelling errors, I’m typing on the WordPress App and there’s no spell check. Why tho.)
After one of the hottest and busiest summers to date, I took the last 3.5 weeks to relax with my family, spend time with my one true love (my cat Rory), and binge watch the hell out of Daredevil and The Defenders. But, it’s time to crawl out from under the rock I’ve been hiding under and get back into the world.
This morning I caught a skipper flight from Kansas City to Chicago where I am waitng for my flight back to Scotland. I’m getting back just in time to help out the EUMC with Freshers and turn in the last of my paperwork from my excavations so the University can give me my money back. Yay.
Coming up this week, I’ve got a meeting with my personal tutor and the Sports Fair on Wednesday. Thursday is the Fresher’s Preview and then on Friday, I’m back out into the Highlands for the Freshers’ Day Trip to the Cobbler. Being so busy with excavations this summer, I didn’t get that many quality mountian days in so I am excited to get back out.
Courses this year look pretty great as well. First semester, I have two required classes (History in Theory and Archaeology in Practice). My third course for the semester is ‘Here Comes the War: Conflict Archaeology and Forensic Science.’ I’m actually really excited for this one as it’s going to look at battlefield archaeology, ethics, etc. Second semester, I only have one required course (Theory Archaeology). The other two are ‘Crusades and Medieval Society’ and ‘Archaeological Illustration.’
And that’s enough with the logisitical stuff. It goes without saying that I’m excited to go back. Year 3 is the first of the final two honours years, so I will begin to start thinking about what I’m going to write my disseration on and I’ll continue to research Masters programs. I’m really leaning toward writing my diseration about Museum work and getting a Masters in Museum Studies.
I’ve been volunteering at the NMS for nearly two years now and I’ve really learned a lot about how musuems run and the variety of jobs in the museum sector. I love working with artifacts and creating displays, but honestly, my favorite is teaching people and learn new things myself. So far I’ve worked mostly with the NMS’s youth team to plan events and help out when local schools visit, but I’d like to get into the wider educational side of museum work as well.
I really think musuems have a unique opportunity to engage with the general public in a different way than a university. If anything, many people only get to university to study History or Archaeology because they were inspired by a museum or a teacher. And also, I mean, hell, we’ve got to invest in today’s youth if we have any chance of fixing things. I remember a few times, when I was younger, being written off or been talked down to by older professionals. On the flip side, I’ve met amazing academics who took the time to explain things to me and answer my questions instead of just treating me like an annoying kid (and, I mean, I’m not denying that I wasn’t an annoying kid…) and it made all the difference. Because, if you don’t engage with them, if you talk down to them, and if you treat them like they’re stupid… there goes your next generation of historians, archaeologists, teachers, politicians, inventors, writers, artists… you get the idea.
Young people who are interested in History aren’t stupid and sometimes they actually know a lot more so, eh, I really hope that in some small way I can work to fix that through museum work. And I’d love to continue to work with that at the NMS because I honestly really love it there and I think they’ve got a lot of great stuff coming up.
But, that’s me off my soap box. Thanks for reading.
I’ll try to keep this blog updated over the semester with the (cool?) stuff I’m doing. I’ve only got a bit of time left before I board my plane and I still have to download enough Daredevil comics to last 7.5 hours.