Just picked up an email from Ailsa Strachan who manages the Manchester Museum’s team of Visitor Services Assistants asking if I would lead some tours or talks relating to particular topics in the Ancient Worlds galleries next year. The idea is to familiarise the staff who work with the public on a day-to-day basis with the galleries so that they can answer any questions and make suggestions, thereby improving the quality of the visit. This isn’t just for Ancient Worlds but for all the collections. Spread across the collections team as a whole it isn’t onerous because a curator’s turn comes up once every six weeks or so. However, I have been asked to suggest some topics to talk to the VSAs about next year.
Ailsa’s request reminded me that we took some photos of an earlier tour – that is before the pace of Ancient Worlds speeded up in the summer and things simply got too busy. The eagle-eyed among you will recognise one or two old friends, such as Rania and Suzie, who have since left the Museum. It is also a bit of a museum piece in itself because it shows the third gallery (now ‘Exploring Collections’) when it was the Mediterranean Gallery.
In the photo we are standing in front of what is now the large screen that shows 3D photos of star objects from the collections, scans of ancient Egyptian mummies and collections in private ownership.