I worked for Vanderven Oriental Art at their temporary exhibition at Shapero Rare Books. My main job was to make visitors feel welcome. I was constantly on my feet, showing them around the exhibition. The role required meticulous attention to detail, dusting the ceramics and polishing the glass display cases, and I learned to be be proactive about how I could be most helpful.
One month internship on the administrative side of Masterpiece. I was responsible for updating the contact database, which was useful in improving my Excel skills. I was also given the task of researching applicants to the following year’s fair to establish whether they were appropriate. The internship provided invaluable insight into the logistics involved in running the fair.
Godson and Coles deals in 18th century English furniture and modern art of the 1960s. I was expected to remember the prices and history of each piece, and enjoyed showing visitors around the gallery. It was my job to keep the gallery open while the other staff were at Masterpiece. I was given a high degree of responsibility, opening and closing the gallery and answering phones. I also helped update the website and price list, and got the chance to improve my photoshop skills by editing the photographs for the catalogue.
Front of house for the architecture firm, helping them as they moved offices. My main job was to answer phones, photocopy, and tidy, though I also updated their contact database using Excel. I also unpacked their vast library, organising thousands of books according to the Dewey Decimal System.
This provided an amazing opportunity to put into practice my cataloguing experience from Christie’s Education to help write the descriptions for the website and catalogue. I also got to research the provenance of new acquisitions using old auction catalogues.
I studied courses including The History of Dress, Georgian Landscapes, Museum Studies, and Art in the Weimar Republic My dissertation was on the art of John Ruskin from 1850 to 1865
The approach at Christie's Education was very hands-on. We visited museums such as the V & A weekly, and there was a heavy emphasis on the decorative arts. We had exams in cataloguing fine art as well as ceramics, silverware and furniture. I graduated with a distinction.
I did A-Levels in Biology, Archaeology, and History, and an AS in Economics
I won first place in a national public speaking competition