“Oh yes, we’ve just washed our polar bear too”
Every now and again, I’m reminded of what an odd world we operate in. How strange the above comment seems to be, and how weird it would sound to any passer-by. I was down at the NatSCA conference in Plymouth last week (May 6-7). That little snippet was overheard in a conversation between Clare Brown of Leeds City Museum, and Helen Fothergill of Plymouth City Museum. Because I walked into the middle of the conversation, it just allowed me that rare moment of being struck by our unique position.
On similar lines, several years ago, at The Yorkshire Museum, York, I was involved in moving a 5 metre long model of a giant squid. At no point did it seem strange to me. It was only when chatting to some friends later, when asked what I’d done, that their reactions made me see how very unusual it was.
Anyway, the NatSCA conference was very enjoyable. I’m still touched by the passion and hard work curators, educators, and other museum staff put in to their museums. It’s not a wonderfully high-paid profession, and it’s only the love of the subject that drives us. The conference showed what a fantastic range of projects there are out there, and the more we share what we are doing, the better. You may notice I’ve added a link to another blog. It belongs to Paolo Viscardi of the Horniman Museum, and I recommend you take a look.
Incidentally, there’s a polar bear at Rossendale too. Hopefully Mark will post about it in the future.