|'Aussie' magazine from WW1 - the items I am working with.|
|In the store room with the magazines|
|View from my desk looking out to the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne|
When I arrived on my first day, I was met by the Senior Curator in Politics and Society –Charlotte smith, who introduced me to the entire department and then took me on a tour of the museum and its collections. While Charlotte took me round she explained how the museum worked and its different departments. I then went into the store rooms and was given object handling training with the magazines. That afternoon, I was taught how to use the museum database – ‘Emu’ which I will be working with a lot to data enhance the magazine collection and then eventually transfer that data onto the Museums online collections. After my induction I got to work on my project, I decided to make a spread sheet to begin with, so I knew what information we had on Emu already and what information I needed to add. I had a look through the magazines to get a better idea of how they are compiled and their layout. The whole of the contents of the magazine were written or drawn by members of the A.I.F. in the Field. Some of the short stories and jokes are really amusing and it is a pleasure to have a read through them, however you do realise that times have changed and that some of their humour or depictions are quite radical and would be considered unacceptable in today’s magazines. In the middle of the week I met my primary supervisor –Deborah Tout-Smith and we discussed my outcomes for the project. For the rest of the week I conducted research on the magazine and its author and updated the magazines classification, physical description, inscriptions, associations, subjects, historical significance and references. At the end of the week I attended the Humanities department meeting, issues included, research updates; the moving of collections; acquisition updates and department news. The meeting was really interesting and I got a real insight into the museum.