Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Girl Museum? What goes into making the online museum that you know and love? Well look no further, because our team at Girl Museum have kindly offered to give us an insight into their lives and what they do to make the Girl Museum world go around…
Behind the scenes with the Girls of Girl Museum continues with our Education and Wellbeing Assistant, Lexi Burrows!
How did you first get involved with Girl Museum?
I first came across Girl Museum when I was doing my undergraduate degree a few years ago. I was on the lookout for volunteering opportunities and I found the brilliant looking Girl Museum! I was immediately enraptured by the unique content and amazing community of welcoming senior volunteers – I knew I needed to get involved. And once I did, I haven’t looked back. I love Girl Museum and I hope to be involved for years and years to come.
What does a normal day look like for you?
Due to my wonderfully busy and varied life, I don’t really have a ‘normal’ day! I typically start my day at around 8am — I try and run if I’m feeling particularly enthusiastic, and then I get ready and head out my door. Maybe, if I have no other commitments, I might have a day in the library studying for my MA, followed by an evening of relaxation and thinking about Girl Museum! If I’m in work (I work part-time), then I will study in the morning and work in the afternoon/evening – on these days I am so tired in the evening that there is no time for Girl Museum, I just go straight to bed! No matter what I am up to, and no matter what the weather is like, I try my best to have time to relax and have a cuppa, and I try my utmost to have a healthy diet! Though if Doritos are on special offer in Tesco, I just can’t help myself.
In your opinion, why is having an online museum like Girl Museum so important?
Having an online museum, in general, is so important as it makes the content accessible to everyone – no matter where they are in the world. If a person can access the internet, then they can access wonderfully educational content. The fact that Girl Museum is all about girls and empowerment is even better! I only wish I had found Girl Museum sooner than I did as I know that the content and premise would have really empowered me when I was a teenager. I struggled with things like body image and finding like-minded people, and I know that the community would have supported me and made me realise how valued and ‘normal’ I am.
In addition to your Girl Museum duties, what other ventures are you currently pursuing?
Currently the majority of my time is spent on my Masters dissertation. I am completing a distance learning MA and my dissertation is focused on how mindfulness sessions in art galleries can improve the mental wellbeing of adults – I find it fascinating! One of the many things that I really love about Girl Museum is how flexible the workload is. If I am having a particularly busy week, then I can easily be more lenient with my Girl Museum duties; and if I am having a more relaxed week then it’s the perfect time for me to catch up with everyone and plan some ideas for future ventures!
Finally, do you have a favourite blog, exhibition, or podcast? If so what, and why?
I have to say that I really do love everything Girl Museum produces. However, if I had to choose a favourite, it would be a close call between the exhibitions ‘Ancient Girls’ and ‘Classical Girls.’ For my undergraduate degree I did Egyptology — so I would have to go back to my roots with these exhibitions!
Stay tuned for our next interview with our latest senior staff member, Curator Devon Allen!
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