So What Have I Been Doing?

Since the 2008 castle season finished on the 31 October (plus our own personal castle hunting season), some of you might have been wanting to know what I’ve been up to during the Winter.  Well, those bits that I haven’t already told you about already anyway.

This time around I’ve been volunteering for the Housekeeping or Collections Care team at the castle.  I say team, there’s not that many of us!  We are the people who make sure that the castle sleeps safely over the Winter.

These are just some jobs involved that I can think of:

  • Cleaning and polishing of silver/metal and ceramics and then packing away in acid free tissue paper
  • Covering of items (protective) that are left out on display
  • Vacuuming and turning of carpets
  • Vacuuming and resting of curtains and pelmets
  • Dusting of pictures and ornaments
  • Dusting and checking of taxidermy
  • Repair and refurbishment of modern blinds
  • Sweeping of window cills and cleaning of door furniture
  • Vacuuming of ceilings
  • Checking bug traps
  • Reviewing of research files and photographs
  • Re-writing of room guide information
  • Big research project on castle picture collection
  • Clearing of store rooms

It’s not exhaustive, there’s probably a lot I’ve missed here.  I’m sure you get the picture though!

In February I was lucky enough to attend a Collections Care course at Fyvie Castle.  It was great fun, we met fellow enthusiasts, and learned specifically about care for:

  • Carpets and Floor Coverings
  • Natural History
  • Stone and Plaster
  • Integrated Pest Management in Practice (Bugs!)

I hope I get to go next year too…

We also had Christmas events on up until mid-December, and a few Winter weddings happening.

This month brings that all to a close, and I shall miss it – and seeing all the lovely people I work with less often.  I have learnt so much, and I hope that I can continue to learn even more.  I have also learnt that much more about the castle and its people, which makes me extra happy.

All our efforts can now be seen as we re-open for the 2009 season.  I hope you enjoy them.

2 thoughts on “So What Have I Been Doing?

  1. To me that sounds a most fascinating job. Apart from the vacuuming and dusting, that is! :) Somewhere along the line, one or more history teachers drummed all interest in the past out of me, so I would never have considered it as a career. Now I think differently.

    • You’d be surprised A. Even the dusting can be interesting, as you can’t dust everything how you normally would at home, plus some of the objects are interesting to look at too. Oh, and we have a ghostbusters vacuum cleaner!

      I had no interest with the version of history ‘taught’ at my school, indeed I felt similar to you, and that it’s only what I’ve learned myself that has sent me on this path. Come and volunteer with us, you’d like it :mrgreen:

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