Students get unique insight into museum work
Steven Male and Miles Hunter, both 18, are A-level history students at Richmond School, and spent a week with staff from The Green Howards Museum, working in temporary offices in the town whilst the museum is completely redeveloped.
The boys, who have been offered places at Kings College London, London, on its prestigious War Studies course, researched the regiment’s role in the Norway and Dunkirk campaigns of 1940.
“We looked at the build-up to key battles, found out more about the individuals involved and the effect on the regiment,” explained Steven. “Our research will be used on the touch screen displays when the museum re-opens in the summer, so it’s good to know that we contributed to that.”
Steven and Miles also learned how the museum helps with family history research and how it provides an educational programme for schools including community outreach workshops. They helped at a ‘Flying Aces’ activity session for children at Catterick Garrison library, and also spent time transcribing letters and notes made by soldiers serving in 1914.
“We wanted the students to experience the huge range of work that takes place here; something they may not have fully appreciated before their week with us,” says Director and Curator of The Green Howards Museum, Lynda Powell. “They were able to do some traditional research, but also had the chance to handle original objects from our collection – as well as making model aeroplanes with local children!”
Head of History at Richmond School, Alison Dakin added; “It’s very important for our students to maximise their work placement experience, so it’s wonderful to work with the museum, who have really involved them in their day to day work.”
Two more Richmond School students will work at the museum in the summer.