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Vicky

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Course studied: MA Museum and Heritage Management

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I chose this course because of it's vocational elements and the potential for gaining experience on live projects.

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On concluding my undergraduate studies in Heritage Management, I wanted to develop my knowledge on how historical objects are interpreted and presented to different audiences. I decided on the MA Museum and Heritage Management at Nottingham Trent University because of the vocational elements of the course and the potential for gaining experience on live projects.

The course advanced my knowledge of how people learn, what they require to learn and how objects can be presented to make it easier for people to take information on board. I also learnt practical skills such as talking in front of groups and report writing. It was my report writing skills that got me my first job at York Minster, summarising survey data for submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The course also included a work placement, which I undertook at York Minster. I reviewed their disaster recovery plan and my work formed the basis for the plan once I had left!

York Minster's Historic Collections consist of over 300,000 objects dating from 72AD to the present day. As a Collections Manager, I’m a professionally qualified museum specialist with responsibility for the 3D Collections. This means I'm responsible for ensuring the collections are cared for properly and are exploited to improve engagement with the visitors. The collections tell the stories of York Minster's development and purpose and can be used to help people understand why the building and faith are still relevant today.

I use the skills I developed from my course on a daily basis. I could not do my job or have climbed through the organisation as I have without them. By understanding the mechanics of museum practice – from presentation to engagement to collections care – I have been able to develop the department at York Minster. This culminated in an award for full museum accreditation from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in 2010. York Minster is still the only Cathedral to have an accredited museum and I'm very proud of that fact.

The lecturers were fantastic at enthusing us and getting us to think about what we wanted to achieve. They had real, relevant knowledge and experiences to draw on and great contacts to help us develop before we went into the working world.

I'd recommend this course to anyone wanting to work in the heritage sector. It really enables you to hit the ground running.

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