One of the great things about working for a museum is getting to see the things that the public does not. I don't think many members of the public realize that what you see out on display is usually just a small selection of a larger collection. Some things stay permanently out on display while others are rotated back into storage, or perhaps out for conservation and preservation. But there are a great many treasures to be seen in artifact storage, if you get the chance to look inside!
I "tripped" into museum work, and met a curator who also moonlighted as a history professor. He just so happened to need a graphic designer. Fate, some would say. I began interning for him at Pilgrim Hall Museum down in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and while learning about collections and handling artifacts, I was also able to learn about exhibit design. Since then, I've designed 3 major temporary exhibits for Pilgrim Hall, designed collateral for 2 small temporary exhibits, and when I took the Exhibit Planning & Design course at Tufts, tacked on one more to my resume (6 in all now!). I find myself most connected to What's Under Things?, however. I mean, who couldn't, as a reenactor and history nerd? Unless you worked at a museum, or reenacted, or were a costume historian, you may never get to see what colonialists wore under their gowns!
|Intro text panel. Elizabeth Paddy Wensley was our "matriarch."|
|Stockings & garters with panel. The stockings were bought from|
one of the Colonial Williamsburg stores, and the garters were
made by Plimoth Plantation.
|Some of PHM's shoe collection.|
I have to repeat this picture, even though in small format it does no justice to this small sample of PHM's shoe collection. There are some really, really beautiful shoes in the exhibit and also in other galleries of the museum.
|The reproduction shift and panel.|
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