A week at the museum!

Work experience at the National Leather Collection

Written by Lily Langford


Last month, Lily Langford joined the National Leather Collection team for a week as part of her school’s work experience program. She was introduced to the world of independent museums, the collection and leather-crafting. Here Lily reflects upon her time at the museum and her experience as a whole.

I decided to join the National Leather Collection for my week of work experience. My time at the museum has been a fascinating and enticing experience. It has allowed me to gain an insight into the museum industry and what a job in the sector might involve. The staff were extremely helpful in making the week an interesting experience, and one that has broadened my knowledge of leather history. 

The week began on Monday morning with a quick tour around the museum. After settling in, I assisted with the collection management process. This involved helping out with the audit in the store rooms – checking that each box and item was correctly listed on the catalogue.

Tuesday was full of creativity; I made a leather key-ring with the museum’s leather-crafting group. My art skills aren’t amazing, but the key-ring came out quite well and I’m very proud! Following this, I was set with the task of photographing numerous objects from the stores.
On Wednesday, I spent the day working in collection management again. I’ve enjoyed doing this role as you can find all sorts of bizarre items that you didn’t even know existed!

Thursday was sadly my last day. My time here has been beneficial, and I achieved everything I was hoping to achieve, plus a lot more. I have thoroughly enjoyed my week at the National Leather Collection, and will most certainly never forget it.

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