Diary of an intern (part 2) – Milly Mitchell-Anyon

By Milly Mitchell-Anyon, Intern, National Services Te Paerangi.

Milly Mitchell-Anyon. Te Papa.It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, but I’ve finished my Museum Graduate Internship at National Services Te Paerangi and am now coordinating the digitisation of the Swainson/Woods negative collection at Puke Ariki.

In my last blog post I was about to attend the Museums Aotearoa conference in Waikato. At the conference we were asked to engage with the concept of leadership in the museum sector. MA13 provided me with a chance to engage with the wider museum sector, and it really was a privilege being there as part of the Te Papa Tongarewa/National Services Te Paerangi (NSTP) team. I’m already excited to go again next year!

Throughout my time with NSTP I have been able to experience so many new and exciting things. I was able to attend the powhiri for the return of Mao Zedong’s kahukiwi cloak, and was also there for the blessing of Warhol: Immortal, the Andy Warhol exhibition – with representatives from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Alongside this I shadowed a few other departments, including the concept developers who were working hard organising the upcoming Aztecs exhibition. I also worked alongside the installation team to install a pop-up section on Samoan/Chinese typographer, Joseph Churchwood, in Nga Toi: Arts.

While at NSTP, my project was to develop three ‘how-to’ YouTube video resources. These are the completed products:

How to apply accession labels to textiles

How to apply accession labels to unglazed materials

How to apply accession labels to glazed materials

I found that when reading about how to apply accession numbers to objects, the instructions were overly complex for incredibly simple processes. I thought that if I was put off the instructions, there certainly would be others out there in the same position.

The videos aim to be visual manifestations of best practice, with the intention to systemise the process of applying accession labels to common items in museum collections. These videos will hopefully prove useful for museums that don’t necessarily have conservators on staff, volunteers or even as a quick refresh.

Along the way I was also really lucky to have had a lot of help from a range of people. From the Te Papa conservators I worked with throughout, Anne Peranteau and Nirmala Balram, who were endlessly helpful and fantastic video models, to Michael Hall, Te Papa photographer who filmed and edited the videos and was totally amazing. Also to Tamara Patten from National Services Te Paerangi who supervised me over the course of the project. All were key components to the success of this project.

So that’s a wrap! Until next time.