Stephanie Boonstra is an Egyptology PhD student, funded by CAL, looking in-depth at the production methods and usage of scarab amulets. Aside from her research, she is also the Postgraduate Curator of the Eton Myers Collection of Egyptian Art, on loan to the University of Birmingham.
The funding generously provided by the PGR Development Fund has allowed me to gain invaluable curatorial experience creating the Objects Come to Life exhibition. Throughout the process of curating this exhibition, I have recruited an array of specialist researchers, edited and formatted their display panels and object labels, installed the print material and artefacts into display cases, as well as contributing research of my own to the exhibition. The funds were used for the printing of the display panels, as well as for catering of the launch event, an event that allowed myself and the contributors to showcase our work for staff, students, and members of the public.
Curatorial (as well as event planning) experience is vital to anyone aiming to find a future career in the museum industry and the PGR Development Fund was integral to my gaining of this valuable experience.