On the first day of my placement I met Clare Mullett, the University Curator, and the team at RCC. They showed me around campus, helped me to settle in and organised a Welcome Tea Party where I got introduced to some of the people that I will be working with. They also provided me with a timetable for the four weeks and I was very excited to learn more about the projects that I will be working on during my time here in Birmingham! I thought I’d just briefly introduce the institutions and projects that I will be blogging about over the coming weeks:
Research and Cultural Collections
My main project at RCC is to document and organise a collection of artworks by Hans Schwarz. Before my time is up I will also produce a small online exhibition of a few works on paper by Hans Schwarz.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
The Barber Institute contains one of the finest small collections of European art in UK. I will spend a fair amount of time in the galleries and I feel privileged to get the opportunity to gain some “hands on” practical experience working with the artworks in the collection. I will be working on a curatorial research project on British landscape painting and assist the Learning and access team in delivering workshops inspired by the collections. Last but not least I’ll be working on an ongoing documentation project of the Barber’s coin collection.
Eton Myers Collection
The Eton Myers collection is one of the world’s finest private collections of Egyptian antiquities, bequeathed to Eton College by former pupil Major William Joseph Myers. The collection is particularly renowned for its large amount of well preserved objects of Egyptian faience. I will be working on a documentation and research project and write a short essay on some of the objects in the collection.
Winterboure House and Garden
The Winterbourne House is an Arts and Crafts style residence set within seven acres of beautiful botanic gardens. It was commissioned by the Nettlefold family in 1903. The last private owner bequeathed the house and garden to the University in 1944. The house was initially used by the University for teaching purposes but has recently been restored to its Edwardian splendor and is now open to the public to be enjoyed by everyone. I will be assisting the Winterbourne team in preparing and delivering workshops to school groups and with researching and putting together an exhibition on Edwardian hobbies that is going to be exhibited in the house in the near future.