IN your average office, interns and work experience people might often get tasked with making the tea and coffee.
But, luckily for Natalie Milor, Anstruther’s Scottish Fisheries Museum is no ordinary workplace.
Instead of making a brew for her colleagues, Natalie, who has come to the end of a year-long stint at the museum, threw herself in at the deep end – not only did she recruit and train a team of 23 volunteers, put in place a programme which saw nearly 3500 of the museum’s objects catalogued, she also won praise from the Scottish Government.
Natalie, who is due to start a new job at Windsor Castle, therefore wasn’t allowed to go before picking up a prestigious certificate for her services – from Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for culture (pictured) – such was the difference she made.
Of her year, Natalie said: “I have gained invaluable experience from managing this project.
“Before the arrival of the volunteers, tackling the stores and the museum’s backlog seemed an impossible and overwhelming task.
“However, with their help, it was both manageable and fun. With their help, I feel I have been able to make the most out of my internship.”
Undertaking the role of reserve collections intern, Natalie, who was part of the Museums Galleries Scotland Interns Programme in partnership with Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future, and her volunteers, made a massive dent to the museum’s cataloguing backlog, discovering hidden gems among its 65,000 objects.
Museum curator, Linda Fitzpatrick, added: “Natalie has been a real asset to the organisation in her time here.
”The museum now knows more about its collections, has more consistent and up to date records of objects, and improved environmental conditions in the stores.
“We also have an established group of trained student volunteers and know where to look if we need more help.”