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John Greenfield Work Experience Report For my work experience I went to the Archaeological Resource Centre (or ARC for short) in York. It is a museum owned by the York Archaeological Trust, who also owns the Jorvik Centre. It is not an ordinary museum, but one especially for school trips. Special demonstrations are given to the children and they get to handle real artefacts from many years ago. The building is a converted church. To get there, I had to get an early bus at 7:00am. I arrived at 8:15am, but didn't need to get to the ARC till 9:15am. On the first day I had some trouble getting in, because I couldn't find the front door. After walking around the site for 5 minutes I finally realised that the big wooden main gate at the front was in fact the door, so I rang the bell. Once inside I was escorted into the staff room, which is a small room hidden in a far corner on the top floor. ...read more.


Instead I had to run down to a furniture store and buy a table for the coffee machine because the old table that the coffee machine was on, had a technical error. My first group was at 11:00am, and I was very nervous. The first activity we were meant to do was once the door bell rang, bring the children and teachers in and get them to put their bags into a large basket, then we had to wheel the basket to the exit, ready for collection at the end. Once that was done, we had to go back and sort the children into two groups, then give them a sticker. They then moved onto the first room and were given a long talk about archaeology by the demonstrating archaeologist. While the children were being given their talk, another volunteer and I had to go into the main hall and make sure the first table was ready. ...read more.


After that we could then go up to the staff room and/or get lunch. This was the routine for the whole of the two weeks, although I never got bored of it. I was given many small tasks to do along the way, like reorganising and old office and buying milk from the shop around the corner. It has changed my idea of what archaeologists have to do, and I am not as sure about choosing this career in the future. While there, I spoke to many of the demonstrating archaeologists about the good and bad points of the job, and a bad point that repeatedly came up was bad pay. Although it is a very interesting job, the benefits are not to good. I realised not all archaeologists dig artefacts up in fields, but there are many different career paths that can be taken, i.e. Clerical work, Museum Worker, Field Archaeologist, Artefact officer etc. Overall it was a very good work placement, and I enjoyed it a lot. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that asked about it. ...read more.

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