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#1 lex

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 07:47 PM

Hello to all. It's exciting that this new discussion forum is open...
Unfortunately, I can't stay long, since I have Glandular Fever...but I'll be back to post soon!

During the endless amounts of time I have been spending in bed, I started wondering about more ways in which I could build up a good CV, since application to Uni starts in a few months time. I was wondering about bettering myself in the field of work experience.

I have done various things such as community service and worked in a children's camp, but I was wondering what kind of work experience there is, involving History, since I enjoy it alot.
I live in a city, so most things are easily accessible. I would also find it profitable, not only to learn about the particular practice, but also to learn more about History and Historical events. Does anyone know of anything short of travelling to distant parts of the world and digging things up? Also, how would I go about obatining this?

Thankyou very much.
Have a nice evening, all.

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 08:11 PM

Hi Lex! :)

I take that this is for Year 11 work experiance?

Well, I suppose you can always apply to work in a History Musuem in your area. Perhaps you could work in you local library?

At my school we have to do work experience in year 10 which is a bit annoying becuase I just want to get my exams out the way first.

Sorry if I havnt been much help with my suggestions but perhaps you can talk to your history teacher or careers advisor?

Good Luck :)

Edited by Mr Field, 08 March 2004 - 08:53 PM.


#3 Mrs Faithorn

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 08:34 PM

but I was wondering what kind of work experience there is, involving History, since I enjoy it alot.
... Does anyone know of anything short of travelling to distant parts of the world and digging things up? Also, how would I go about obatining this?

I'm really sorry to hear you have glandular fever, Lex, and hope you recover soon. I know it can be very nasty.

Re work experience ideas:

One of my pupils keen to do much the same as yourself worked at a small local museum helping to create a database of their exhibits.

If you are interested in archaeology you could try contacting your local society.
There is a long list of Regional and local Societies on this page. The appropriate one may well be able to put you in touch with 'digs' where you might be able to help in the Summer holidays.

I have to go now but will be back with more ideas later tonight.

Watch this space ..........

#4 Miss Juckes

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 12:34 AM

Hi Lex!

Sorry to hear about your Glandular Fever - nasty stuff!!

Get ready for a longish reply....

If you're interested in getting some archaeological fieldwork under your belt before heading off to uni (always a good idea) then I'm sure that there's plenty to be had out there. Sites are always on the look out for volunteers and there's nothing better than a volunteer who actually wants to be there.

My first dig was up in Scotland at a place called Whithorn. Last I looked they were still taking people on a regular basis. I had a fabulous time up there and still have very good (if a little blurry) memories of the dig.

I also joined the local archaeological society and went on digs and field walks with them. They tended to be shorter digs (just a weekend), or even just a day trip, but it gave me experience and also contacts in the archaeological world.

As James says, museums are also usually very willing to take on people who are serious about the subject. I managed to get myself into the Liverpool Museum and work in the archives there. It was refiling and sorting papers from previous excavations, but it was fascinating, and it also meant that I had my ear to the ground as to anything else that was going on. Even at university I worked with the secretary on the museum records. It's not as glamourous as working out in the field, but it's just as necessary.

Of course, I'm assuming that you're going to go and study archaeology at uni here. I read archaeology and if it would help, I could delve further into the notes to see what else I could find for you. Just let me know.

If you look here this should take you to the homepage of the "Current Archaeology" magazine. This used to be just British Archaeology, but they've started doing "Current World Archaeology" too so whether you're wanting British or Overseas archaeology, there are worse places you could look.

Hope this is of some use, and hope you're feeling better soon.

#5 Mrs Faithorn

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 01:28 AM

I have to go now but will be back with more ideas later tonight.

Watch this space ..........

Asking Miss Juckes to answer your query was my best idea :)

..... and just in case you haven't spotted it the link she provides to 'Current Archaeology' has a page where there is info about Field work Opportunities and a facility to search for digs

Edited by Mrs Faithorn, 09 March 2004 - 01:34 AM.


#6 lex

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 01:35 AM

Thanks for all your help so far!

- I'm not quite sure what exactly I want to study at Uni, but for a long time, I was very interested in Archaeologyly. In fact, I still am! But as a career/job, what's it like?

The closest I've come to "digging things up" is metal detecting is Suffolk or somewhere around there last year. We found many old coins and old cutlery etc..., which I found fascinating, but it sure was time consuming!

Has anyone else taken part in any historically-based work experience?

And of course, any other comments in response to my first post will still be gladly welcomed and appreciated! Thanks!

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#7 Mrs Faithorn

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 12:16 AM

And of course, any other comments in response to my first post will still be gladly welcomed and appreciated! Thanks!

In addition to work experience in a museum, have you thought of other places of historical interest such as 'stately homes'? Try approaching the National Trust for this.

Another possibility might be an auction house (especially an upmarket one) where you would learn something of the objects they sell and could research the historical context. (.... or an antiques dealer?) You could also consider approaching a costume designer, especially someone who specialises in historical costume.

Or how about reenactment groups (though that would hardly be 'work experience')?

If you could say whether any of these ideas appeal, then I'll see if I can come up with any websites/contacts.

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 12:50 AM

There's also the viewpoint that any work experience where you have shown commitment, hard work and made a difference will help develop both your CV and your experience.

You can apply your history skills to such a wide variety of things. Even jobs you might envisage as 'standard' jobs such as any sort of custmer service, dealing with people etc. will all make use of your higher reasoning and argumentative skills that you will have developed through your historical studies.

Worth bearing in mind! B)

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 02:58 PM

Or how about reenactment groups (though that would hardly be 'work experience')?

Just popped in for a quick check up on this thread, and thought I'd add another thought onto Mrs Faithorn's point there.

I haven't had anything to do with re-enactment groups, but I've been to a few re-enactments. The Sealed Knot are a Civil War re-enactment group who I've been looking at quite recently though and they have "Living History" groups who go round with them. I don't know how you might go about it, but I think that this would be a fascinating way to find out more about the Civil War. And I think that if you got involved in something like the Living History, then that would probably count as work experience. I suppose it depends on what you actually do within the group that determines that.

I'm sure there are other re-enactment groups about, but I don't know them off the top of my head I'm afraid. I only mention the Sealed Knot as 1) I know about them ;) and 2) they're national and therefore not restricted to a certain area of the country. However, they are restricted to time period in that they only cover a relatively short time span, and if the Civil War isn't your thing.....

Have just realised that I've rambled on about the Civil War, and yet you said that you were interested in Archaeology. :blush: I'm leaving it in though as it might be of interest to others who look at this thread when considering their work experience.

However, I think Mr Field has said it all in his last post. Any experience that you get shows commitment, and the fact that you're asking well in advance shows that you're thinking seriously about this too - you're not rushing things at the last minute.

You've got time to sort out something that really interests you, and to make sure that you really do want to be there. Above all, make sure that you enjoy your work experience, whatever or wherever it may be.

Just out of interest Lex, what period of archaeology are you mostly interested in? I'm curious to know....

#10 Mrs Faithorn

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 03:22 PM

A good general site for 'Living History' (reenactment groups) is Living History.co.uk.

From their home page (link above) you can access all sorts of relevant information depending on the period you are interested in.


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Later:

One of the best-known opportunities for 'Living History' is at Kentwell Hall in Suffolk. They do an annual re-creation of Tudor Life which runs for 3 weeks (late June/early July) and this involves hundreds of people. I know someone who has been involved in one of these and they had a fantastic time.

See this page and click on 'Re-creations' in the navigation bar for more info. They also do smaller-scale WWII events. There are contact details on the page and I guess that if you are interested in this year's event it would be wise to send off for details straight away.


[Posted on the same basis as Miss Juckes; Lex may not be interested, but other readers of this thread may]

Edited by Mrs Faithorn, 10 March 2004 - 03:48 PM.


#11 lex

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 06:20 PM

In response to Mrs. Faithorn's post...
I'm extremely devoted to the arts, especially the performing arts. I love spending time "behind the scenes" (as well as being on the big stage!), so costume design sounds rather interesting and worth looking into. Thankyou for the suggestion.

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Miss Juckes -
Although I do prefer the study of Modern World History, I have always been fascinated by the study of the Egyptians and Mesozoic Era.

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Sorry for the scatty post: tired...

Be back soon.

Thanks!

Lex
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P.S: And all you've posted DOES interested me! :o :wub:

Edited by lex, 10 March 2004 - 06:26 PM.


#12 Mrs Faithorn

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 09:56 PM

.......so costume design sounds rather interesting and worth looking into. Thankyou for the suggestion.

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P.S: And all you've posted DOES interested me! :o  :wub:

In that case then there is a good page of links to historical costume designers' sites here

or if you like working backstage in a theatre then the costume department of a theatre company could be worth a try. (I know of one or two students who have done that as work experience)




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