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Work experience within a commercial film company. Duration one month.
Maintenance and tills in The Natural History Museum Shop.
Teaching two classes of adult English Language learners to Pre-intermediate and Beginners level. I currently teach on Saturdays. N.B. I still work here as a Saturday teacher.
Silver and standard service waitressing at various venues and events in and around London.
Assistance with childrens' activities; administration, quality control for the collection and organisation of exhibitions; archiving photographs for the Museum's historic collection of Bermudian relics. Newly acquired skills and experience involved: • Learning how to manage, describe, write for and catalogue the photography collection: a niche collection of old photographs and postcards documenting the history of Bermuda. I acquired the skill of learning how to manage photographs professionally, and how to catalogue them according to date and theme. • Being involved in the administration, organisation and collection of display items for a prolific exhibition – ‘The Charman Prize 2012’ – an annual Bermudian exhibition of local artists’ work in which a prize winner is selected, and other categories (e.g. ‘Best newcomer’) are nominated. It was the first time that I’d been professionally involved in the organisation behind an exhibition, and was an incredible learning experience. I also gained a greater insight into the practice of valuing an artwork.
N.B. Freelance, current position. Creating work based on independent commissions (usually for friends or family members); selling prints from an online shop. Through the experience of setting up a small business, I have acquired some knowledge of how to market and promote a brand through social media and networking.
Various voluntary positions in a variety of Museums in Oxford (namely The Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History and The Museum of the History of Science). Activities usually involve working with children, often during free 'drop in' sessions from the public during school holidays. Such educational activities have also been included in OFSTEAD schemes with children of disadvantaged backgrounds. The activities concerned have been diverse, from making American Indian dream catchers in the Pitt Rivers to giving a child-friendly tour of Anglo Saxon Relics in the Ashmolean and helping facilitate feedback from the public on a celebratory anniversary night tour of all museums in Oxford.
Setting up equipment and tables before classes begin in the afternoon, assisting the manager of the classes in teaching, assisting the children and answering their queries, helping mentor, encourage and tutor GCSE and A-Level students with their coursework, packing up and clearing when sessions end. The independently run art classes for school children have a different educational approach to that found in the curriculum of secondary and primary schools: Although GCSE and A-level age students are advised on their school work, the fundamental approach is to encourage the students’ development of ideas and experimentation with use of materials for the primary age children.
English Language Teacher Training