Meet the Staff – Cassie Smith – Apprentice Curatorial Assistant
Cassie Smith, one of our apprentices, gives us an insight into what she does here at Tullie House. To find out more about the apprentices they currently have a display in THe Shed.
How long have you been working at Tullie House?
I’ve been the Curatorial apprentice at Tullie house since the end of March 2014.
Talk us through your average working day.
On a day-to-day basis I research moments in history – at the moment it is World War One, I do my apprenticeship work, create graphs and input data. I also work in other areas of the organisation for example helping out at events and creating ‘treasures’ on the Treasures of Cumbria website.
What is the best part of your job?
My favourite part of my job is when I get to handle the artefacts. To me, it’s something so special as I never thought I’d get to do something like this.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
As I’m an apprentice, I think the hardest and most challenging part of my job would be balancing my apprenticeship work and my job. It can sometimes get out of hand if you’re given a lot of work to do and you have assignments to write up as well.
Do you have a favourite spot in Tullie House?
My favourite spot is, and always has been ever since I was little, the Wildlife Dome. I love the changing sky and the sounds. I used to sit on the benches for what seemed like ages watching the cycle over and over again.
What is your best Tullie House memory or experience?
I have many memories of Tullie House by my favourite one is a recent one. I’d just started my job here and was asked if I could help out at the Steampunk night. I think that will always be my favourite memory as there was so much going on and I loved being a part of it and helping out.
Outside of Tullie House, what is your favourite thing to do/favourite place in Cumbria?
I think my favourite thing to do outside of Tullie House is cycling or reading graphic novels.
Do you have any advice for people interested in pursuing a career in a museum?
Being able to work and learn at the same time has been very beneficial for me and before this, I had no idea I wanted to work in a museum. Being able to gain a qualification through an apprenticeship I think, is the best way to go as you’re not only gaining skills and a qualification, but you also have a job and are gaining experience as you learn.
Describe Tullie House in five words.
I would describe Tullie House in 5 words as: Unique, fun, friendly, entertaining and interesting.