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My position as a visitor host at the Auckland Museum covered a number of different roles. I most frequently worked in the children’s gallery, Weird and Wonderful, as an educator. I taught classes on Dinosaurs, Under the Sea, and Insects and Arachnids, and assisted with teaching these classes in Te Reo Maori. Outside of scheduled school visits I also taught children in the gallery on a more informal basis, demonstrating objects from our handling collection and answering enquiries. My duties also including working at the tills and information desks, selling entry tickets and add-ons such as the cultural show and guided tours. I patrolled the galleries for the safety and security of our objects, building, and visitors. I volunteered for extra work such as commercial event security in our hireable spaces and working internal events such as ANZAC Day and the Chinese Lantern Festival. I was also selected from my department to wind the large tower clock, a highlight item, on weekends and public holidays when the Display department was not available. My position gave me a chance to interact with most other departments and gave me a good overview of how a museum functions.
I worked as a retail assistant at Max for a year. I greeted customers as they entered, engaged with them to build a rapport, uncovered their needs, and fulfilled them to the best of my abilities. I completed my training with the highest score in the stores history and excelled in selling the merchandise. I consistently meet the stores quota for items per sale and personal budget. I was selected to be in charge of the stores stock. Once a week I would receive and process the new stock; sorting the sizes, unpacking, tagging, hanging and steaming the floor stock while sorting the backroom stock. I also changed the nine mannequins and hung the posters in the large front windows, and marked down all the sale stock. All of the stock information was managed on a central database which I helped to monitor for stock inconsistencies. I was selected for this role as I was detail orientated and able to work without supervision.
The subject of my dissertation for my honours was the critical and financial success of controversial exhibitions. I discussed current literature on the subject with emphasis on the 2002 study Exhibitions as Contested Sites, conducted by Fiona Cameron, Linda Ferguson, Lynda Kelly and Jennifer Ellison. I then applied their findings to a case study, the 2008 exhibition of Lindow Man: A Body Body Mystery at the Manchester Museum. Referencing a number of other exhibitions, I compared the different approaches taken by the museums and how this affected how the exhibition was received.
My archaeology work was primarily focused on Pacific archaeology in New Zealand and on Rapa Nui, with some focus on Egypt. I participated in the Great Mercury Island project, a ten year study partnering with the Auckland Museum, looking for early landfall sites in New Zealand. I was involved with a dig over the summer season and worked in the archaeology laboratory for the rest of the year, processing the artifacts and studying the data. I produced an individual study on the spatial patterning of the basalt and obsidian tools and flakes. My ancient history work consisted of both Roman and Egyptian history. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study Egyptian hieroglyphs for two years and work on several translations.