Hi, my name is Amy Walsh and I’m the 2014 Melbourne recipient of the International Museums and Collections Award. You’ll be able to read all about my adventures in Birmingham through the blog but I guess it might help to write a little bit about myself too…
I loved studying art and history at high school and, when it came to university, I was lucky enough to indulge both of these passions. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne in 2013, majoring in Ancient World Studies and Art History. During that time I participated on an archaeological excavation in Israel, which was a very rewarding experience. However, as much as I enjoyed fieldwork, I’ve always known that I want to work in a museum or gallery for a career. I chose to pursue the University of Melbourne’s Master of Cultural Materials Conservation course as it seemed to be the perfect blend of historical study and “hands on” interaction with cultural heritage.
From 2013, I became more active in the museum field through volunteering and have since assisted with a curatorial project through the University’s Cultural Collections Projects Program, undertaken collection management work with an RSL collection in Sydney and organised a film screening event at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne’s on-campus gallery. These experiences have been invaluable for introducing me to various elements of the cultural heritage sector and have helped me start to acquire a broad range of relevant skills.
I applied for the Museums and Collections Award as I knew it would challenge me and help me further develop my professional skill set. Although I am studying conservation, I am keen to gain experience in a wide range of museum practices and I am sure the Award internship at the University of Birmingham will help me achieve this. I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures with you over the coming weeks!