Museum Studies at Tufts University

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Author: Amanda S. Wall (page 1 of 3)

Weekly Jobs Roundup!

Happy October! Here’s the jobs roundup for the week of October 1st:

Northeast

Native History Educators  and other positions [Plimoth Plantation- Plymouth, MA]

Assistant Museum Preparator [Currier Museum of Art- Manchester, NH]

Director of Collections and Exhibitions [The Olana Partnership- Hudson, NY]

Visitor Services Manager [National September 11 Memorial and Museum- NY, NY]

Teaching Artist and Museum Educator [Queens Museum- NY, NY]

Museum Specialist [Roger Williams Park Museum- Providence, RI]

Mid-Atlantic

Director of Inclusion [AAM- Arlington, VA]

Registrar [Biggs Museum of American Art- Dover, DE]

 

Southeast

Public and Digital History Asst. Professor [Clemson University- Clemson, SC]

Exhibit Manager [Morehead Planetarium and Science Center- Chapel Hill, NC]

 

Midwest

Public Scholar of Museums and Learning [Indiana University- Indianapolis, IN]

Guide Program Manager [Crystal Bridges- Bentonville, AR]

 

West

Museum Registrar [The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture- Santa Fe, NM]

Curator of Education [Idaho State Historical Society- Boise, ID]

Assistant Registrar [Santa Barbara Museum of Art- Santa Barbara, CA]

Exhibits Preparator [Natural History Museum of Utah- Salt Lake City, UT]

Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art [The San Diego Museum of Art- San Diego, CA]

Historic Site Specialist [Heart Mountain Interpretive Center- Powell, WY]

NAGPRA Assistant [Autry Museum of the American West- Los Angeles, CA]

 

Unusual Collections: The Dog Collar Museum

Humans have always been interested in unusual, curious, and odd things. For this reason unusual collections, both personal and in museums, exist throughout the world. This interest in collecting the unusual and interesting can be traced back to the cabinets of curiosity popular in 16th century Europe. The Dog Collar Museum, at Leeds Castle in Kent, England, is an example of a once privately owned collection of unusual items now on display for the public.

The Dog Collar Museum run by the Leeds Castle Foundation is billed as “a unique collection of historic and fascinating dog collars [that] has been built up over the years and is now the largest of its kind on public display anywhere in the world.” The collection started with sixty dog collars donated to the Leeds Castle Foundation by Mrs. Gertrude Hunt in memory of her husband, historian and Medievalist, John Hunt. Since its donation in 1977, the collection has grown to over 130 rare and valuable collars spanning from Medieval to Victorian times. Recently, thirty additional collars were discovered in storage and are now on display for the first time. The oldest of the collars in the Dog Collar Museum is a 15th century a Spanish iron collar for a her mastiff that would have been worn for protection of the dog while on hunts. Some of the most interesting collars in the collection are the ornate, gilt baroque collars bearing inscriptions, coat of arms, and messages of the owners.

The collection is housed on display in the former stable and squash court of the Leeds Castle. The castle a museum itself, was started in honor of former owner, Lady Baille. The museum aims to display the collection in a “fresh and creative new presentation–fun for children and adults alike.”  It interprets the collars as not just functional objects, but as personal items that can give insight into the lifestyles and relationships between the dogs and their masters. If ever in Kent, England, be sure to check out the Dog Collar Museum and the other interesting exhibits and beautiful grounds at Leeds Castle.

Weekly Jobs Round-up

 

Greetings Readers! Here are the job listings for the week of September 2nd!

Northeast

Mirken Curator of Education and Engagement [Colby College Museum of Arts, Waterville, ME]

Director of Public Programs [Yale Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT]

Education and Interpretation Intern {Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site, Brookline, MA]

Education Associate, Traveling Programs [Museum of Science, Boston, MA]

Education Manager [USS Constitution, Boston, MA]

Head of Read House and Garden Educational Programs  [Delaware Historical Society, New Castle, DE]

Museum Teacher [Historic New England, Boston, MA]

 

Mid-Atlantic

Digital Producer and Content Specialist [AAM, Arlington, VA]

Collections Assistant [Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Tarrytown, NY]

Visitor Services Manager [The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ]

Exhibition Preparator [The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ]

Assistant Educator [Colgate University Picker Art Gallery, Hamilton, NY]

Cultural Program Associate [Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C.]

Southeast

Museum Exhibitions and Program Director [Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland, SC]

Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities [The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA]

Coordinator of Public Programs [High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA]

Midwest

Curatorial Fellow [Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City, OK]

Education Coordinator [South Dakota State Agriculture Heritage Museum, Brookings, SD]

 

West

Development Associate [Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA]

Director of Education and Programs [Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO]

Docent Educator {The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA]

 

The Burning of the Museo Nacional of Brazil

This week, tragedy struck the museum community and humankind with the burning of the Museo Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 200 hundred year old museum, housed in the what was once the royal palace, has lost more than 90% of it’s 20 million object collection. While reports have come in that some objects such as Luzia, the oldest human fossil found in the Americas may have survived the devastation, those lost to the flames are among priceless objects and specimen that represent an enormous loss for not just the Brazilian people but human cultural heritage as a whole. Among those lost are nearly all of the 5 million specimen in the insect collection, roughly 700 Egyptian artifacts, a fresco from Pompeii, a large number of holotype specimen, dinosaur fossils, a Royal Hawaiian feather cloak, pre-contact artifacts, and recordings of now extinct indigenous languages.

The loss is monumental and irreplaceable. However, this is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that a loss of this magnitude will affect our natural and cultural history. Akin, to the burning of the library in Alexandria, a symbol for the loss of cultural knowledge, this fire was the result of decreasing museum budgets, neglect, and a declining care for our natural and cultural histories. Last year the museum received an operating  budget of just $13,000 for South America’s largest natural history museum. Staff and curators were reduced to online crowdsourcing campaigns to raise the money necessary to provide the most basic care and when firefighters arrived on the scene to fight the flames they found that both hydrants in front of the museum were dry.

While neglect and lack of funding was at issue for the Museo Nacional in Rio, even museums with large operating budgets, strong disaster preparedness, and Emergency Response Plans can be at risk. This past year the Getty Museum in Los Angeles faced risk as the Skirball fire moved closer and closer, and many museums have been damaged by hurricanes and other natural disasters in recent years. No amount of emergency planning can fully protect a collection and with hurricane season back upon us it is important for museums to look for other ways to prepare for the worst. For myself, this issue shows the importance of digitizing collections. If the Brazilian Museum’s indigenous language recordings had been digitized and stored off site or in a cloud they would not be lost today. While a digital sample does not replace the actual object or specimen it is highly preferable to have at least a digital record than none at all. The day after the fire Wikipedia began a crowdsourcing campaign to collect images of objects in the museum from museum visitors to help investigators and curators piece together what has been lost and to attempt to keep the museums 20 million specimen collection in memory. Unfortunately, we may never know just what has been lost to the flames.

Weekly Jobs Round-Up

Here’s the weekly jobs roundup for the week of August 20th!

Northeast

Lunder Institute Administrative Coordinator [Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME]

Curatorial Research and Interpretation Associate [Art Bridges- Terra Foundation Initiative- MFA, Boston, MA]

Senior Curator/ Manager, Living Collections [Museum of Science, Boston, MA]

Robyn and John Davis Curator of Exhibitions [Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket, MA]

Associate Director of Marketing [Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA]

Mid-Atlantic

Educator in Charge, Teaching and Learning [The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY]

Museum Education and Public Practices Fellowship [The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY]

Director of Interpretation [Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD]

Museum Curator [Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Galeton, PA]

Senior Museum Instructor/ Guided Gallery Visit Coordinator [Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY]

Southeast

Director of Exhibits and Operations [The Children’s Museum of Upstate, Greenville, SC]

Midwest

Chief Development Coordinator [Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH]

Gund Foundation Curatorial Fellowship [MOCA Cleveland,  Cleveland, OH]

Museum Educator [Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, WI]

West

Senior Exhibitions Project Manager [Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA]

Program Manager, Connections (Pre-K partnership program) [Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA]

Internship Opportunities

Communications and Marketing Intern [Harvard Art Museums]

Press Intern [Harvard Art Museums]

Social Media Intern [Harvard Art Museums]

 

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