George began volunteering at the Museum of London as part of the work experience week and despite initially seeming shy, Museum staff were quickly impressed with his confidence in speaking to colleagues and with members of the public. He was willing to complete any task put to him and actively engaged with a variety of tasks, ranging from public engagement to the evaluation of schools sessions to proofing websites.
George’s research skills and his ability to reinterpret the collections were particularly impressive. He researched into the history of his favourite object in the Museum, one which is hidden in the galleries and would have taken a lot of research to find. George presented the object and its history to ten staff members from a variety of departments, compelling his audience with a twenty minute story. His delivery was so confident and well researched that it is still remembered among museum staff today.
George returned to the Museum to support a Collecting Cultures film making project in 2017. Under the guidance of a professional film-maker, George and two other young volunteers produced a short film about a photographer whose work had been acquired for the Museum’s collection. He has now gone on to carry out a six week placement at the British Museum and hopes to return to the Museum of London to help mentor the next Collecting Cultures project.