Museum Week: Monday Theme – Day in the Life

It’s Monday – traditionally the most miserable day of the working week – when that long journey toward the weekend has begun all over again. Given that, it might not seem like the best day to be asking our staff some probing questions about their job – but it’s #MuseumWeek and today we’re looking at ‘Day in the Life’ so what better way than finding out what our staff get up to, from breakfast bagel to bedtime! (Complete with their very own #MuseumSelfies)

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Me Sau-Fun Lyndsey Sam Wendy Saskia hannah Julie Eli Caroline Marilyn memet Noel helena2 Stuart Siobhan Harry Ed


Me

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
My name is Kirsten Riley and I’m the Web and Social Media Manager here at the Museum

How does your day start?
Around 6:30am. My Boxer dog wakes me up to be fed (I don’t need an alarm!) I have an espresso before heading out the door about 8am.

How do you get into work?
I live in the South-East in Lewisham so I get in via the Overground. Never get tired of the view from Waterloo Bridge!

Breakfast?
Porridge (even in Summer!)

What does a typical day look like?
I get in and have breakfast at my desk while I check email and open up our social media channels – Facebook, Twitter etc – and check for updates and questions. I then plan in my tasks for that day in between various meetings. Normally tasks include optimising images, updating web content, proofing marketing text, collating stats, and updating our various social media sites with content – messages and blog posts. At lunchtime I usually head to the gym so I can unwind (and not spend money in Covent Garden!)

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Being Omni-present. I have two computer screens as I have to watch social media streams while doing my other work so I am always jumping from task to task. It can feel a little maniacal. Right now we’re also developing our new website (due to launch in mid-April) so I have been managing this project while carrying out my business-as-usual role.

What do you love most about your work?
The fact that I get to talk directly to our fans and followers on Social Media (and the people I work with are immense!)

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
I get home at around 7:30pm and take the dog out a walk  – my partner works shifts so the dog isn’t left alone all day! I then make some dinner before kicking back to watch some TV or read a book – right now I’m reading The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth. I get to bed about midnight (after checking Facebook and Twitter one last time!)


Sau-Fun

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
Sau-Fun Mo, Head of Design

How does your day start?
Alarm goes off at 5.30am, and once I’ve got myself ready, I put the supper on the automatic cooker ready for the children as soon as they’re back home in the evening.

How do you get into work?
The 6.50 train into Waterloo which tends to be quite busy

Breakfast?
Rarely

What does a typical day look like?
Back to back meetings and creatively directing anything from 20 to 50+ design projects all on the go at the same time. Best moments are when I am doing hands on design.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Time management – ensuring that I am available to all departments as well as my design team.

What do you love most about your work?
Being the creative lead on all design projects and making everything gorgeous

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
By spending precious time with my hubby and children, and OK, maybe a cheeky glass of wine too 😉


Lyndsey

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
My name is Lyndsey Mclean and I organise public events at the Museum.

How does your day start?
After repeatedly hitting the snooze button on my alarm, I get up around 7.30am, and listen to the Today programme on Radio 4  and eat my breakfast.

How do you get into work?
I walk and take the bus.

Breakfast?
Absolutely! I love breakfast. I like a poached egg on toast, the more free range the better for a lovely deep orange yolk.

What does a typical day look like?
I get into work around 10am and check my emails, and the day and week ahead. I work out what I need to do for upcoming meetings as well as any on-going things on my to do list. The rest of the day is spent planning for events ahead – at the moment I am finalising the details of our next Friday Late for the opening of our new exhibition  on 16 May. So I am looking for suppliers and performers, and talking to them about what I want  them to do, as well as updating the information available about the event, and ensuring that I don’t go over budget. I am also responsible for the other events in 2014, so I spend time finalising the details of these, and attending meetings to discuss the overall programme of events, and how it is shaping up, as well as how it might contribute to other aspects of the museum

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Thinking about what will appeal to our audience, making sure it is affordable, and that it will generate enough ticket sales to pay for itself.

What do you love most about your work?
Getting to visit places that the public aren’t usually allowed, and  working out how to make them accessible. Also, the end of successful event is very satisfying.  

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
I do an evening drawing class, which is great for not thinking about work, or I go for a drink with friends.


Sam

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
My name is Sam Clift and I’m the Volunteer Coordinator at the Museum.

How does your day start?
Alarm goes off at 6am (usually woken up at 5.30am by the radiators rattling with the heating kicking in), get washed and packed lunch ready to be out of the door by 7am.

How do you get into work?
A steady walk (or powerwalk if I’m running late) to Sutton station, jumping on the Southern train to London Bridge at 7.20am and a quick switch onto the South Eastern to Charing Cross.

Breakfast?
Porridge or bran flakes with lots of mixed berries thrown in.

What does a typical day look like?
Get to work by 8.30am, so time for a cup of tea and a chance to chill before the day begins at 9am. I switch my computer on and go through my mountain of emails and check my calendar, then start to prioritise my time for the day by putting a checklist together (which I really, really, really try and stick to but it never happens). I usually have one or two volunteers in the office, so they arrive around 9ish and I spend time chatting to them and discussing their work for the day before they get started. Then I get going with my to do list, which usually comprises of following up on event information/updates, forward planning for the week ahead, responding to email/voicemail enquiries (both from existing/potential volunteers. I head out for my lunch sometime between 12-1pm, when I usually have a walk around and find an interesting subject to draw (I’m working on a person drawing project at the moment). Then I spend the afternoon speaking to lots of staff and volunteers about events and volunteer requirements for various projects.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Its naturally a very sociable job, as I have to work with staff across all departments of the museum and manage 160+ volunteers. Time management is always a huge challenge, and making conversations constructive and relevant to the needs of the museum (whilst staying light hearted and sociable) has become a key part of my day to day.

What do you love most about your work?
Working with so many interesting and passionate people. I love the fact that our volunteers are generally so accommodating and relaxed in their manner, as it’s a breath of fresh air and reminds me why I love this job!

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
Seeing my little daughter when I get home, she always makes me smile.


Wendy

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
Wendy Neville – I’m Head of Communications at the Museum

How does your day start?
Chaotically usually. Check work emails, grab papers for meetings, get ready, get train, get to work.

How do you get into work?
Overground to Charing Cross station

Breakfast?
Sometimes. Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel if I do have it.

What does a typical day look like?
Back-to-back meetings; writing copy, checking copy and making things happen.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Managing so many priorities. Lots of deadlines and lots of people from in and outside the Museum needing attention and feedback.

What do you love most about your work?
I love the fact that we can be so creative with our collections. Yes, we are a Museum of transport so we’re big on buses and trains. But we use that to tell a much bigger story about London and design.

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
I go shopping. 😉


Saskia

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
My name is Saskia Webster-Zazzi and I’m the Venue Sales and Events Executive at the Museum

How does your day start?
With a piecing horn alarm from my iPhone at 7:15 followed by the snooze alarm at 7:35

How do you get into work?
Nice stroll to the tube station with a quick journey on the Victoria and Piccadilly lines

Breakfast?
On a treat days its Starbucks coffee and a bircher. Normal days I opt for Weetabix

What does a typical day look like?
Get in have my breakfast and start reading my emails the phone is usually buzzing and I may have a number of site visits during the day also.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Just making sure I remember everything, all clients have different requirements and needs and I just want to ensure I don’t let anything slip

What do you love most about your work?
A live event- seeing all the planning come to life and watching the client and their guests enjoy all the facilities of this great museum

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
A packet of Revels on the sofa with a channel four documentary


hannah

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
My name is Hannah Steele and I’m an Apprentice on the Young People’s Programme.

How does your day start?
My day is supposed to start at 6:30ish… I don’t allow myself to hit the snooze for more than 15 minutes

How do you get into work?
I live on the border of Essex, so it’s a 25 minutes train journey to Liverpool Street, Then about 20 minutes from there.

Breakfast?
I’m going through a juicing phase at the moment, so it’s normally a bright orange or green juice… nice and healthy; followed by biscuits or crisps… not so healthy, I like to think they balance each other out.

What does a typical day look like?
I get in and check my emails. I then go through the days tasks with Eli: another apprentice, we decide who’s going to take on what and which tasks we’ll handle together. At the moment we’re planning a project; taking on young volunteers to curate two new handling trollies for the museum, so a lot of the work we’re doing is focussed on recruiting the young people. At lunchtime I like to get out for some fresh London air.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Letting go of some ideas after a brainstorm as sometimes we have to let go of some really great ones; they can be quite outlandish.

What do you love most about your work?
I love working with other young people, it’s easy to get a lot done as everyone has great ideas to throw around; we manage to have crazy brainstorming sessions but end up with something succinct and creative. I’m really looking forward to getting the young volunteers on board and mapping how they develop through the process. I’m on the wrong end of the young person spectrum, so it’s cool to be with people that remind me that I’m still just beginning life.

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
Two days a week I lurk around after work and wait for my dance classes to start at Pineapple, handy that it’s round the corner. On other days it’s home and films or out with friends, I often sneak a cheeky shopping excursion in too.


Julie

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
Julie Lynn, Venue Sales and Marketing Manager

How does your day start?
Usually my 5 year old wakes me up dressed in a superhero outfit, which I have to prise off him and change for his school uniform

How do you get into work?
I walk to school to drop the superhero off then get a train from Three Bridges to Waterloo.

Breakfast?
It used to be sausage buttie but I’ve gone all health conscious at the moment and so as from 4 weeks ago it’s been a banana and Orange Juice…

What does a typical day look like?
Emails, voicemails from clients who are hiring the venue for special events, marketing spend and budgets, spread sheets galore (its year end just now)

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Year end! Juggling full time job with parenting and 3 hour commute.

What do you love most about your work?
Definitely the people I work with but also getting to meet so many people with interesting ideas for their events in our space and helping make it happen for them

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
Sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Eli

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
I’m Eli Bligh-Briggs and I am one of the Young People’s Programme Apprentices

How does your day start?
Waking up to ‘Wake Up’ (Rage against the Machine) and my dog, Ellie – bowties, braces, pocket watch I’m ready to go!

How do you get into work?
I stroll to the train station and walk further down the platform in the hope of getting a seat in a luggage area on the ever crowded Orpington-Charing Cross line!

Breakfast?
Today included Roundel Birthday cake, dolly mixture birthday cake and Cheerios at my desk in wonderful breakfast company 😉

What does a typical day look like?
Busy, fun and most of all stupidly exciting with my amazing colleagues and Hannah, the other YPP apprentice. We are working on a Young volunteer project at the moment, as well as curating a new display case. Hannah and myself take lunch usually in Actors Church Gardens as the weather is beautiful. We are also about to launch a new young volunteers project. Later today we have a meeting regarding the Carnival Late Event which sounds super exciting!

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
My biggest challenge is my own confidence, but the training and HUGE amount of support here at LTM is crazy and it is growing day by day. ALSO trying not to eat cake is one of the most challenging things ever working here, I LOVE cake and there is ALWAYS cake!

What do you love most about your work?
I love why we are doing what we do, how we are doing it and how many doors it is opening and barriers it’s smashing down. I love the people I work with. And of course I LOVE MUSEUMS!

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
On the train I check my project blogs, feeds and twitters, write/research for my paper and cuddle in front of the fire with Ellie


Caroline

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
My name is Caroline MacVay and I work at the Museum as a Curator

How does your day start?
To get to my desk I have to climb four flights of stairs, which wakes me up and saves on Gym membership.

How do you get into work?
In the morning I walk to Crystal Palace station, where I catch the train into London Bridge and then on to Charing Cross.

Breakfast?
Breakfast is often a banana, which I grab on my way out of the door and eat on the way in.

What does a typical day look like?
Typical days don’t seem to happen in this job, which is what I love about it. Today I am working at the Museum in Covent Garden. I will be answering enquiries about the collection, working with the Museum’s Apprentices and writing exhibition text for a new display.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging and pleasurable part of my job is to keep learning about London Transport and to find new ways to show off the London Transport Museum’s amazing collection.

What do you love most about your work?
I love taking groups around the poster and art store at the museum’s depot in Acton. Meeting new people is fun and you get to delight and amaze them with the collection. It’s also a great opportunity to learn new things from other enthusiasts.

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
I relax when I get home by watching really good or really bad TV, depending on how stressful the day has been.


Marilyn

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
My name is Marilyn Greene and I am one of the Public Programme Managers at the London Transport Museum

How does your day start?
I am usually woken up early by the light streaming in to my room but try to get back to sleep until about 7.30

How do you get into work?
Bus and tube or walk and tube if the weather is good.

Breakfast?
Coffee and two slices of toast normally with natural peanut butter or Marmite on

What does a typical day look like?
I have another coffee when I get to work and then I check e mails and my diary.  I organise events for adults so I am researching suitable activities often on line, researching images, timetabling events and liaising with event providers including curators and sometimes volunteers and with the Marketing and Operation teams about the content, advertising and the set- up of events.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Some of the work involves working on risk assessments for off-site events where nothing is straight forward.

What do you love most about your work?
The feedback from happy customers who have enjoyed the event and activities we have organised.

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
I’m often rushing to other meetings in my local community but otherwise I like to make sure I cook a quick meal and watch selected TV programmes and/ or talk to friends on the phone. (I don’t normally get to sleep before 12.30!)


memet

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
My name is Memet Bunyan and I am Retail Manager at the Museum.

How does your day start?
My 4 years old daughter is my alarm clock: without an exception, she always wakes up at around 6am!

How do you get into work?
W7 and then Piccadilly line from Finsbury Park

Breakfast?
School run dictates this. If I am lucky, some marmite on toast and an unfinished cup of tea.

What does a typical day look like?
My normal day starts with the previous days’ stats and then I go through my emails, then I make my way down to the shop floor.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Finding the killer product to sell in the shop!

What do you love most about your work?
Product development and numbers: I love numbers!

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
Unwinding: what’s that??


Noel

Who are you and do at the Museum?
Noel Coleman, Im the ICT Projects Manager at the Museum.

How does your day start?
It starts around 5:20am, train at 6:20 then exercise in a park near work starting at 7:30am for 45 minutes.

How do you get into work?
I live in South East London and get a national rail network train in to Charing Cross.

Breakfast?
Typically porridge, fruit and a protein shake

What does a typical day look like?
I get to work, having checked my emails on the way in. I line up which tasks need to be completed today. This generally involves lots of meetings, discussions and testing. I hit the gym at lunch time then get back to whatever tasks I’ve set for the day.

What’ the most challenging part of your job?
Adjusting to new technologies very rapidly, over the past few years and the advent of cloud computing technology and how it’s used moves significantly more rapidly than I’ve ever experienced.

What do you love most about your work?
For a local authority museum we’re considered pretty cutting edge technology wise. We’re just about to move all of our desktops to virtual desktop platform, I gather we’re one of the first museums in the country to do this.

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
I get in around 7-8pm and watch a few episodes of whatever TV program I’m currently watching, currently Game of Thrones.


helena2

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
I’m Helena Callow and I am one of the Youth Travel Ambassador Coordinators based at the museum (the noisy lot on the 4th floor).  I cover the whole of south east London, which includes 8 boroughs and 25 schools.

How does your day start?
Wake up at around 6:30am, eat breakfast, shower and normally end up running to the station because I leave too late, literally leaving 2 minutes earlier would make such a difference

How do you get into work?
Depending where I am first thing, I would usually get the train to the office, but I often bus it if I’m at a school.

Breakfast?
Porridge and a cup of tea…same every day, just change the flavour of the porridge

What does a typical day look like?
It really depends where I am. If I am office bound I struggle all the way up to the 4th floor and then recover for a few minutes. I get the lap top out go through my emails and then do all my follow up work for each of my schools.  However the majority of the time I am travelling around south east London visiting the YTA students in each of my schools, running workshops and facilitating them through the project.  In between schools, if I am too far away from the office, I find myself setting up my own mini office in a Starbucks (other coffee shops are available) somewhere. In this job I am always on the go, but I love it!

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
The constant travelling and dealing with so many different people – from students, to teachers, to borough officers to my own colleagues.  It can get very confusing at times juggling all the different projects.

What do you love most about your work?
Working with young people and being about to see them grow with confidence throughout the project.  I get to work with so many different schools giving me a wide spectrum of young people to work with.  I love that I am not office bound all the time.  Of course, my colleagues are great too J

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
I get home at around 6:50pm, have some dinner and watch TV.  Most people may think having caffeine before bed is silly, but I need my 9:30pm cup of tea to unwind.


Stuart

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
I’m Stuart Umbo, I’m the Schools and Families Officer. I manage the events for schools and families

How does your day start?
With great difficulty. The hardest thing I have to do all day is claw myself out of bed

How do you get into work?
Public transport of course! I work for London Transport Museum! 91 bus followed by a short ride on the Piccadilly Line.

Breakfast?
Canned fruit at my desk. Minimal preparation. Maximum vitamins

What does a typical day look like?
A strong coffee and breakfast at my desk whilst I reply to emails. No one day is like the next in my job. It might be checking in with our workshop developers to see how they’re getting on with producing the next event for the school holidays, developing resources for visitors with special educational needs or helping write exhibits for our latest exhibition

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Time! There’s just not enough of it

What do you love most about your work?
I love London. And I get to discover something new about it every day. Working with the LT Museum’s collection is a real honour.

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
Depends on what type of day I’ve had. Occasionally I might take out some frustrations on the squash court. But more often I can be found frequenting one of the pubs of North London


Siobhan

Who are you and do at the Museum?
My name is Siobhan Ion and I am the Marketing and PR Executive.

How does your day start?
My alarm usually wakes me at about 8am. It usually takes me a couple of attempts to get me up though. I’m definitely more of a night owl!

How do you get into work?
I jump on the Piccadilly line in from Finsbury Park which generally allows me to have a bit of time to read one the many books I have on rotation.

Breakfast?
I eat breakfast at my desk – muesli, yogurt and fruit. That is usually done around 11am after I have got into the swing of things for the day.

What does a typical day look like?
Every day is different here – I spend my days doing things such as writing and editing copy, working on the e-newsletter, making and answering advertising enquiries, sending images, talking to media, and going to various meetings – the list is endless.

What’ the most challenging part of your job?
Keeping track of everything. With so many things going on I have so many lists!

What do you love most about your work?
LTM is such a dynamic place that there is always something new and fun happening.

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
I try and get to a dance class or the gym after work then will usually catch up with friends, cook dinner, do a bit of reading and then fall into bed around midnight.


Harry

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
My name is Harry Young and I’m an apprentice working on the Battle Bus project that the museum is running through 2014

How does your day start?
Wake up 7:15 and ram my breakfast down, make sure I’m ready and then head out to the station at 8ish.

How do you get into work?
I get the train from Dartford to Charing Cross and then walk along the strand to Covent Garden.

Breakfast?
Nice big bowl of cornflakes and a cup of tea.

What does a typical day look like?
I usually get into the office around 9:30, check my emails and my schedule for the day and then get to work on whatever I need to do. Break times are usually spent at Denmark St. or around Covent Garden as I like to get some fresh air.

What’ the most challenging part of your job?
Currently I’m planning the talks, tours, the display vehicle and the volunteers activities that will go with the Battle Bus, so it’s mainly having all these great ideas, but trying to make them work.

What do you love most about your work?
I work at London Transport Museum and that’s pretty cool all on its own. But I would say seeing the Museum in full swing full of people is nice to see too.

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
I usually get home around 7 but to unwind I usually sit back and play my guitar whilst watching my favourite YouTube personalities.


Ed

Who are you and what do you do at the Museum?
I’m Edward Currie and I’m Museum technical support

How does your day start?
Woke up by my daughter usually wanting to play

How do you get into work?
C2C from Southend then walk from Fenchurch Street if sun is out. If not, District Line.

Breakfast?
Porrige and coffee

What does a typical day look like?
Repairing faults in gallery setting up AV for clients

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Fault finding resolving problems that occur

What do you love most about your work?
The different jobs not always the same thing and the people you work with

How do you unwind after a hard day at the office?
Watch In the night garden after daughters bath then falling asleep on the couch

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