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Introductory blog by Sarah Dara

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She enters through the main door, its stained glass windows reflecting the sunlight. Walking through the hallway, she's transported to the 1950's; a sweetshop appears, decorated with brightly coloured wrappers coating the larger chocolate of the past. Her eyes widen as she looks at the candy canes leaning in the tall jars and the round sweets glittering appetizingly. Before she gets even more excited, she reminds herself that they're not real. Only if they were though. Another few steps and she arrives in the Lally Gallery; there is something interactive about this art, it seems to be in 3D. The artists have worked with a variety of bright objects and shapes to create an engaging depiction of exuberant textiles that pop out on their black backdrop, holding her attention. Once she has had her fill, she makes her way upstairs to explore the war period and a Victorian schoolroom

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People my age tend to think that museums are a bore. My age meaning teenagers to mid 30's, I'd say. I disagree; I know countless museums which are interesting and invite hours of exploration into history. Obviously, it depends on what a person's interest is, but thankfully there are museums on every topic out there so the argument about museums being boring still isn't applicable. As a person interested in social history, Erewash Museum is one of the museums which grabs my attention. Despite being smaller than the majority of famous museums, it hosts an array of exhibitions which showcase the complete history of its local area.

I heard about Erewash Museum when my university, the University of Nottingham offered a placement here for students of the School of English. As a student pursuing a Masters in Creative Writing, I've worked in publishing houses and newspaper organisations, but have never had the experience of engaging with roles outside these. Having never worked at a museum before and having an interest in social history, I thought that taking up this placement would be an insightful and unique experience with an opportunity to learn new skills. The role available for the placement was of a marketing and blogging assistant; this included working on social media, writing blogs, working on a project for the museum and interacting with staff and visitors for marketing and blogging purposes. The tasks also caught my attention as they incorporated some aspects which I had experience in, and some new endeavours.

After submitting a form and being successful at an interview, I'm now at the museum, working on increasing the museum's fan base and managing an upcoming surprise project. It's my third week now and I've settled in great; the staff are superb and it's been amazing to just get a feel of the place. I've bounced around a few ideas for marketing and the project, and I hope you're just as excited as I am to engage with some of Erewash's historical gems. Let the journey begin!

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