We have a new member of staff, Ellie Cooper. Funded by Arts Council England and in conjunction with Culture Syndicates, Ellie will work as a collections and interpretation intern at the museum:
“Having completed a MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology, I am enthused by prehistory and cannot wait to get involved with Rutland’s vast archaeology.
During my time here I will help to complete a collections review which will ensure that all items held in the museum are relevant to the museum and users. This will include:
- Confirming the location of each item within museum (behind the scenes)
- Ensuring each item has an up-to-date description
- Compiling a list of priorities for conservation
I will also be contributing to the design and content of new exhibition banners in the Old Riding School which will explore specific Rutland history (e.g. The Battle of Empingham) – something the museum has just been granted funding for by Arts Council England and Museum Development East Midlands.
So far, the most enigmatic object I’ve found is a dorsal fin spine of a c.160 million year extinct shark (Asteracanthus ornatissimus). Though, I can’t quite seem to escape from my ice age interests (my passion for museums began in one that revolved around Ice Age topics): the museum exhibits several mammoth fossils, one being a tooth. I like to imagine c.14 foot mammoths in Rutland. I’m still dumbfounded by the size of mammoth teeth – they grew 5-6 sets in their lifetime!
I hope my contribution will make a difference: In completing these duties it is hoped that the museum will contain more meaningful collections – enabling Rutland’s history to be available and accessible to current and future visitors.”