Something for Naomi’s Student Engagement Manchester blog
There are times when the job of museum curator is more like that of a stand-up comedian. Not that I’m claiming to be an archaeological Peter Kay or Michael McIntyre I hasten to say, but I did find myself in the uncomfortable position of doing a stand-up routine last Friday evening when there was a student social at Manchester Museum.
Organised by Naomi Kashiwagi, Student Engagement Coordinator at Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum, my job was to show the students around the new galleries for half an hour. I agonised in advance: this was an event for young people on a Friday evening and some of them would have had a drink or two at the temporary bar in reception. Something unduly formal was not likely to go down very well. A light touch and an injection of humour were called for.
I consulted Louise, one of the Visitor Services Assistants at the Museum. Louise…
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