Today was just as good, if not better, as yesterday. One of the supervisors, Bradly, is off for the next 4 days, which afforded Liza and I the responsibility of his office key which also worked to open other necessary doors for our conservation project.
Fatima, who is part of the conservation team and has been working for the museum for thirty-four years, showed me and Liza around. Our tour included the collections store room, the database area, and the conservation lab. I am still having trouble articulating the overall magnitude of their collection. We have literally only begun to scratch the surface in terms of the amount of boxes to be unpacked and properly accessed. What was most surprising, during our tour, was when Fatima informed us that she was part of the displaced District 6 community and that her biography is showcased in the museum! Her specific attention to introducing us to all areas of museum conservation was truly gratifying and also something that she seemed to enjoy herself.
Both Fatima and Janean expressed how happy they were for us and that we were both very hard workers. It was so wonderful to be able to talk to them both and express my particular interests within museums. Janean seemed very eager to take pictures of both me and Liza while we working so that we had solid proof of our hard work. I truly appreciate both of their efforts in introducing us to various staff members and attempts to familiarize us with the process of collections management. It has become apparently clear, from only two days of working with them, that they both have a satisfying outlook in terms of the work that they do. The time and special attention that they’ve given to us is so appreciated and I can only hope that we can continue to impress them with our quick learning skills and eagerness to work. It’s obvious that we still have a lot to learn, but the excitement from all the staff to teach and familiarize us is something I did not expect, but is truly a gift I have already come to value.