Lily from St.Georges Academy joined us for a week's work experience and shared her thoughts.
I have spent a lovely week at Heritage Lincolnshire for my work experience. At the beginning of the week I was extremely nervous and worried about attending my work experience placement but everyone was very kind and helpful when I needed help. Also, the atmosphere was calm but busy too. The whole week was over loaded with various different activities, from cleaning historical artefacts to making posters; there was a wide variety.
Monday morning began with a tour and a health and safety induction, followed by a computer induction where I learnt how and why certain computer programmes and servers are used for a company. In the afternoon, I visited three heritage sites; Tattershall College, Tupholme Abbey and Temple Bruer. At the visits I cleaned some of the information boards to help the site stay in a good state.
Tuesday followed quickly and I helped in a social media course and then went to a Stamford high school where they were learning about numerous ways to film to help them succeed in their 5 minute film about Stamford.
Wednesday was the most interesting and exciting day as I was allowed to wash ancient artefacts such as pottery which were from the Romans at about 2000 years old. I also was able to see a Roman skull and hold a Roman femur and tooth. I learnt how to label the finds and how an archaeological dig is organised with numbers and letters. I also found out that these finds get sent to museums all across the UK and wherever Archaeological Project Services have been digging. I saw and held ancient jewellery made 2000 years ago!
On Thursday, I made three posters about Heritage Open Days in Sleaford, Stamford and Woodhall Spa using a publishing application. I also used my computer skills to transfer information from one excel to another. During the day I used powerpoint, publisher, excel and the internet.
On the final day, I began the day writing the volunteer newsletter and doing various other writing tasks. In the afternoon I wrote this blog and finished a booklet.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I had and I definitely recommend other students to go to the Heritage Lincolnshire for work experience as you can improve your skills and it gives you a taste of the office working environment. From this experience I have learnt that I am extremely interested in history and the environment.