How many times has the phrase – I can’t get a job without experience, but I cannot get experience without a job – been said? That has been tackled head on by the University of Chichester who funded a number of internships for their students and graduates at various locations through Sussex through their GraduateOn programme, including Horsham Museum. This is where History graduate Anna Menzies has just curated and mounted her first exhibition, Posters on the Front Line.
As Anna explains; ‘My role as a Research and Exhibition Assistant was to help design an exhibition to mark 100 years since America joined the First World War, named Posters on the Front Line. The exhibition is constructed around eleven World War One posters from the United States and several British posters that the Museum have in their collection. The role carried a lot of responsibility; my tasks included researching the general history of World War One and the posters that were going to be featured, designing the layout, composing the labels and writing an introduction for the exhibition.
It was a brilliant opportunity to put into practise the skills learnt throughout my degree course. It was also a wonderful experience to be able to get closer to history than ever before and to be able to complete a project that I thoroughly enjoyed.
I would like to thank those who supported me throughout my time at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery.’
Museum and Heritage Manager Jeremy Knight said of the scheme; ‘In the past most people thought museum work was esoteric, a bit odd, but now fashion and lifestyles are all “curated” – drawing together disparate objects to create a narrative or a look. Therefore we thought it a golden opportunity to do that for real, to learn and experience a whole range of skills that can be transferred to many different areas of employment, let alone the interesting subject matter. We were delighted that Anna took on this amazing opportunity and the exhibition is a very public expression of her ability. We are very grateful to the University of Chichester for enabling this to happen, a win-win for all participants and the public who have a chance to see a fascinating exhibition curated by Anna Menzies.’
Note: The GraduateOn internship scheme brings together businesses and organisations seeking high calibre individuals to undertake challenging roles and projects and University of Chichester students and recent graduates wanting to put their newly acquired skills into practice and gain that all important work experience. For more information contact email@example.com or telephone 01243 812075.