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Meet Our New Intern

Posted: January 30, 2015

Jessie Bamford, pursuing her MA in Heritage Management at the University of Birmingham, recently served a one-month internship in our Registration Section. Her research on pieces of British and American decorative ware in the Spurlock collection provided more information for our records and will inform future exhibitions. Planning is underway for a collaborative exhibit between Spurlock Museum, Ironbridge Gorge Museum, and the University of Birmingham.

Jessie doing research.
Jessie Bamford conducts research on some of the museum’s British dishware and ceramics.
Jessie reviewing the museum's ledger.
Jessie Bamford reviews the museum’s ledger and files to uncover more information.

John and Jessie  examine a set of lustreware.
Assistant Collections Manager John Holton and Jessie Bamford examine a set of lustreware. One of lustreware’s defining characteristics is a glaze that produces an iridescent finish.
Jessie studying the bottem of a dessert plate.
Jessie Bamford studies the bottom of a dessert plate. She is looking for any marks that could help date the piece or determine its manufacturing location.
essie Bamford discussing the cooking pot on loan from the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.
Jessie Bamford discussing the cooking pot on loan from the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.