Yesterday I completed my first volunteering session at the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver. I am undertaking a few months volunteer work there, with the aim of learning more about collection management issues.

The first day’s tasks however were more about helping out staff members with particular tasks as there was a staff shortage that day. The tasks I undertook included making up resin and metal testing strip samples, for students to use the following week in practicing Oddy testing. I also helped re-install a large framed artwork and some smaller wooden masks into the gallery space. Later in the day I helped the loans department by unwrapping, checking and photographing artworks that have just been sent to the museum on loan for an upcoming exhibition.

It was a varied and interesting first day, and I am looking forward to completing more days like this.


Resin samples and metal testing strips made for students to practice Oddy testing with.