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Adventures of a Conservator in Training

As a requirement for the Collections Conservation and Management program at Fleming College in Peterborough Ontario, all students are required to participate in a 15 week internship at an institution of their choice. I was elated to learn that my request to carry out my internship at The Manitoba Museum was accepted. In September I arrived in Winnipeg eager to learn, and The Manitoba Museum did not disappoint.

During my time at the Museum I was able to put my knowledge to work and carried out a number of treatments on some very interesting artefacts in addition to helping collections personnel with gallery maintenance.

The labels on this travelling case were falling off; now, they are secure

Corrosion plagued these brass clock hands

With some care, they are as good as new

My time at the museum was not only spent treating the artefacts in the museum`s collection but also helping out with other collection work that needed to be done. Whether it was making mounts for “The World is their Oyster: Marvelous Molluscs” exhibit, venturing down into the secluded sub-basement to help organize Archaeology storage boxes or protecting the artefacts by making boxes and monitoring for pesky insects, The Manitoba Museum provided me with useful experience that will be invaluable in my future career, and for that I would like to thank everyone at the Museum for a wonderful opportunity.

-Jessica VanOostwaard, Conservation Intern

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