When you point out in a sudden panic to a colleague "DON'T PUT YOUR HAND THERE!" and then have to chisel lumps of dried on nasal matter from an exhibition wall.
I’m not saying that these wouldn’t happen at other times of the year, just that they certainly happened during the school summer break at our museum.
More museum holiday fun? Find out what I've overheard in the holidays here.
"Has anyone reported losing a very nice pair of sunglasses?"
"Not that we know of. Why, did you find some?"
"Yes. They were down the toilet in the gent's on Friday. We found them because they had blocked the system up, and caused the toilets to overflow. They overflowed all the way down the stairs."
I have been searching for images of display cabinets, diorama displays, museum drawers, cabinets with drawers, diorama cabinets etc etc in order to get some mood boards together for an upcoming project. It's been a bit tedious, but necessary.
Thankfully (?) my searches have yielded occasional spitting-tea-across-the-keyboard-in-shock moments as slightly tangential images have popped up amid the sleek glass, antique wood and bespoke panels.
Here are some of the top finds that had me re-aligning my brain after their appearance.
I've not referenced where the images have come from, as most were far detached from their original source or any kind of clear identifier. If anyone (and someone must) knows who makes evil flying squirrels, or where to find dioramas of confused skeletons, feel free to clue me in!
School holidays are in full swing, the venue is buzzing with kids and families in various states of excitement and tiredness, and I am once again extra alert on my morning floorwalks, to make sure all is spic and span, and that I've destroyed the evidence before the next day.
Click the read more below to see what the little loves keep leaving us...
Sadly, it was real, but luckily in a tiled area, with plenty of period buckets, dishes and cloths to work with. This incident came to mind after having just had a very wet weekend. Thankfully my current venue survived admirably!
Addendum: A colleague just asked me about this, and it reminded me that by the end of the day, the lady providing the cookery demonstrations had worked into her character a lengthy and amusing rant about the state of the building, conditions she was expected to work in, and how she kept telling Mr Shallcross to get the builders in- which matched marvelously into the building having been 'modernised' in 1618.
Do excuse the biro drawing!
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