Hello, my name is Candace and I am an Archaeologist.
This is wheremy career in archaeology began, at the University of Sydney as an undergraduate in the archaeology Department. And is now where I work for Sydney University Museums.
My role at the Sydney University Museums varies from day to day. I work part time as a Collections Officer with the Collection Management team, as well as part time as a Curatorial Assistant for the Nicholson Museum. These positions afford me the ability to work with the public and behind the scenes of three very different Musuems and Art Galleries! Today I will be working across all three galleries and in the stores photographing my day as I go. In addition to my daily tasks I will also hopefully find some down time to work on a conference paper I’m presenting in two short weeks on my own archaeological research in Northern Greece and the central Balkans. Follow the captions in the Photo Gallery to see where I am and what I am up to!
This is wheremy career in Archaeology began, at the University of Sydney as an undergraduate in the archaeology Department. And is now where I work for Sydney University Museums.
The Nicholson Museum maintinas a diverse antiquities and archaeology collection
From the Nicholson Museum: Coffin of Meruah. The artefacts of the Nicholson have been collected and excavated from Egypt, the Near East, Cyrpus, Greece, Italy and Northern Europe. This 21st Dynasty coffin of Meruah was one of the first artefacts of the collection donated by founder Sir Charles Nicholson
The Macelay Museum maintains a range of historic university collections including an extensive Natural History collection, Scientific instrument collection, Historic Photograph collection and an Ethnographic collection featuring thousands of artefacts and objects from Australia, Torres Strait and the Pacific.
Up the twisted stairs in the Quadrangle takes you to the University Art Gallery which maintains a small constantly changing exhibition space dedicated to an extensive collection ranging from Historic Portraiture to Sydney Modernism to showcasing Contemporary Artists
Task one for this morning: Relocating natural history specimens to storage
This histroic brass telescope is also being returned to storage from its recent exhibtion at the Tin Sheds gallery on campus
This is me, working in the conservation lab on some of the artefacts from the Nicholson Museum collection that needed permanent registration numbers applied. Working directly with the collection like this is one of the highlights of my daily job at the University musems.
The collection stores is where I spend the majority of the day. The Nicholson store is floor to ceiling, wall to wall artefacts.
I’m with the Museums conservator- we retrieve a bronze medusa relief sculpture that is to be taken to the lab for conservation over the next few weeks
The Attic wall of the store…
Whilst working with the collections all the museum staff discover some amazing objects and specimens which become our favourites. One of my colleagues, Julie has taken this snap shot of one of her favourites- an amazing African Emerald Cookoo from the Macelay collections.
The afternoon saw a flurry of excitement at the Nicholson with the installation of the latest exhibition LEGO COLOSSEUM!
The exhibition features the worlds largest Lego Colosseum ever to be built
the Colosseum has found its place in the exhibition and the level of detail is amazing
Interior of the Colosseum where the Gladiators battle
And what Colosseum would be complete without a Caesar feeding a bear?
Leaving work behind for the day, I now turn to developing my conference paper for AMPHORAE 2012 to be given in just two weeks time!