I’ve always wanted to work for
Why it’s the right role for me
My degree is in public history, which involves working with curators, helping to develop exhibits, writing label copy and working with the public and the media. Basically telling the history of something through exhibits and artefacts.
How I got the job at
I was working as an intern for a local museum and I mentioned to my boss there that I’d always dreamt of working for
I’d almost completely forgotten about it until weeks later when I got a letter from Phil asking if I’d like to intern with him and the team at the
What my day involves
I’ve worked my way up and now I’m now one of two processing archivists in our department. We have four full time team members – the Director, Manager, myself and a cataloging archivist. There are lots of facets to my job. One of which is to speak to the public about the history of
One of my favourite jobs so far has been helping to curate the heritage wall at
One of my best ever moments
A lady got in touch recently and said: “My grandfather used to work in the
I did some research on him and found that because he’d worked for the company for 20 years, there was actually a service photo of him in the records. I scanned it in and sent it over to her. She wrote back to me and said she’d had to run into the toilets and cry because she’d never seen a photo of her grandfather before. Those are the kinds of thing that make my job really special.
My favourite artefact
We have thousands upon thousands of pieces in the archives, but if I had to choose a favourite artefact it would be the 1949 White Motor Company delivery motor truck, that’s painted yellow.
It’s currently kept in a climate-controlled warehouse that’s been designed especially for vehicles. We bought it from an auction and we bring it out for special events. We lend it out for films and festivals and recently displayed it at the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas.
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One other big part of my job is liaising between the company and passionate
We don’t buy up everything for the
What we do always buy…
Something we’ll always try to buy is the original
What it would be amazing to find…
I’d love to find the submitted designs for the
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Justine Fletcher is a Processing Archivist at
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