First Impressions on the EDISH Project
Two of our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Scottish Heritage (EDISH) placements, Yashasvi and Erin, share their first impressions of their host museums on their first site visits.
My first visit to HMS Unicorn for the induction was fresh and instructive in a very positive way. Located at Victoria Dock in Dundee, HMS Unicorn is beautiful and timeless, with a rich history dating back to the early 1800s. I received a warm welcome at the ship from my supervisors at the Unicorn, Matthew and Caroline, and two pleasant volunteers.
After a casual walkthrough of the ship’s entrance, reception and other facilities, I was given a more elaborate and detailed guided tour of the museum ship by one of the volunteer guides, Bob. The tour was detailed yet straightforward, giving me a wide scope from which I can craft my own interpretation of the ship’s history. The two most fascinating aspects of the ship that I learned about were its architectural history and its importance in the naval community.
After the completion of the guided tour, I spent the rest of my time working through the newspaper archives. Under the guidance of my supervisors, I was seeking significant information about the ship’s relationship with the community in the past. Altogether, my experience was enlightening and enjoyable, thanks to the staff members and volunteers who work at HMS Unicorn.
I recently spent a full week at the Crannog Centre for the first part of my placement with MGS. It was a busy week. I met all of the staff and volunteers at a two-day staff training event and then spent the remaining three days running around the Centre learning about what makes it thrive. It was an amazing week, and I fell in love with the place. Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and each person brings their own unique aspect to the Centre to make it so diverse. They made me feel welcome and a part of the team right from the beginning.
Throughout the week, I spent time sharing my culture and heritage with them and seeing how Indigenous cultures from Canada connected with Iron Age Scotland. There were more similarities than you would think. I created an activity for opening day on February 14th, shared a creation story from my people with the resident storyteller and learned more about what Iron Age Scotland would have been like.
The Crannog Centre is a very special place with bright ideas, and I am excited to work with them for this internship. They are committed to making the Centre a place where anyone is welcome, and diversity and inclusion is interwoven into their daily practices. I look forward to seeing what the final outcome of this internship will be and how it will carry all of us forward.