- Completing a guided tour without punching the person who kept asking how much the frames are worth.
- A visitor wanting to know if the same person could frame one of their paintings, as had framed the cameos (nope, they are so dead right now)
- A visitor who kept touching frames to see if they were real gold, because they didn't believe the staff, and thought there should be more than just a rope to protect the golden frames.
Some people do get fascinated by the frames rather than the paintings. See also:
I was recently involved in a discussion about "Things no one told you before you started working in a museum”.
It made me wonder: What would I tell myself if I could go back?
I wouldn't want to put the younger me off working in museums, galleries or heritage sites, but perhaps guide them a bit in what to expect. The ten points here may not be the most vital and key things to know, but they are things I wish I'd been prepared for!
Earlier today I crowed that we’d successfully warped time and space in a new exhibition. (see here)
Then this afternoon our cabinet company emailed with a design suggestion for a new cabinet.
To display something 600 x 600 x 600mm they suggested a 700 x700mm square cabinet, with sliding glass doors.
Just envisage that a second.
Sliding glass doors?
We’re good, but we’re not able to (safely) fit something 600 x 600 x 600mm through a c. 350mm gap!
Exhibition Designer: So, if we reorganize the room's contents, and remove a cabinet, we somehow have more shelf space....
Curator: Have we broken time and space?
Exhibition Designer: Hurrah for us?
Yup, still not sure how removing an entire display cabinet and distributing it's contents has given us a bit of space to spare.
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