Behind the Scenes at Girl Museum: Michelle O’Brien


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 Contributing Writer, Michelle O’Brien!

How did you first get involved with Girl Museum?

I saw the ad for Girl Museum when I was finishing up my Masters degree. I was desperate for any kind of new experience and Girl Museum seemed like a good challenge. I had never written for anyone besides myself so I thought that it would be a good way to learn new skills. It was also great that I had something to work on when I was job hunting after I finished college.

What does a ‘normal’ day look like for you?

I work 9 to 5 in a museum. I’m the bookings and events coordinator so most of my day is spent dealing with queries about guided tours of the cemetery (a lot of Irish historical figures are buried in the cemetery). At the moment it’s quite hectic with schools trying to book in before the end of the year. One day a week I do the roster for all staff which can take upwards of 2 hours to do. Most days I have some sort of question or complaint from a tour guide about the roster, tours etc. Once I’m home from work I try to eat something and watch a few YouTube videos (make up tutorials and reviews are my current fave) before starting to do some Girl Museum work. This can be anything from checking emails, planning out a blog post to writing a post for the Tumblr page. I try to squeeze some yoga or a quick work out in and then read for a little while — this is an ideal day and what I’d like to do every day but I thought it sounded better than saying “I work, I cry, I go to bed!”

What do you think is the best feature of Girl Museum? Why is it so important?

The best thing about Girl Museum is the variety. There are so many different women writing for the website with so many different interests, experiences and opinions. This makes it an incredibly inclusive place for girls all over the world.

In addition to your Girl Museum duties, what other ventures are you currently pursuing?

Between Girl Museum and my day job, I don’t really have time for other pursuits but I went on holiday last month so that was a nice break.

Finally, do you have a favourite blog, exhibition, or podcast? If so what, and why?

The STEAM exhibition is probably my favorite as it was the first one that I worked on. I didn’t know much about the STEAM movement so it was a big challenge for me. It was also fun learning about the amazing women and I hope the girls that viewed the exhibition enjoyed it too!)

Michelle O'Brien

Stay tuned for our next interview with our latest senior staff member, Education and Wellbeing Assistant, Lexi Burrows!

-Rebecca King
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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