by Helen Moon
Please allow us to introduce you to Helen Young, a familiar and welcoming face for many of our community and family groups at Charlton House and beyond. Currently Producer, Community and Family Engagement, Helen works with communities across the Royal Borough of Greenwich to bring the Museum Collections & Archive of Royal Greenwich to life. Helen is currently working on our new National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project 'Meet the Collection' (read more here) driven by a love for sharing the collection with the communities and finding significant connections to individual people.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My day-to-day really varies depending on where I’m at with a project, but it always begins with a strong coffee! Currently, I’m in the early planning stages for 'Meet the Collection', which will see some really exciting pop-up units tour the borough with objects and artefacts from the collection of RGHT. So at the moment I’m at my desk, working on engagement and evaluation strategies, designing the project brand and writing up volunteer role descriptions, but very soon I’ll be spending lots of time out and about visiting spaces we will pop-up and chatting with the communities guiding us along the journey.
What is your favourite part of the job?
I’m very lucky that Charlton House is set in such beautiful grounds, so taking a lunchtime stroll is pretty lovely.
What is the strangest thing you have had to do, or found?
Last week I had to try and catch a pigeon that had snuck into Charlton House for a visit but couldn’t find the exit.
What is your favourite object at Charlton House, or in the Museum Collections and Archive?
There are some really weird and fascinating things lurking in the store, the joy of the backlog project that the collections team are managing is that I can still look in boxes and not know what to expect. I think my favourites mostly come from the natural history collection, the shark’s tooth, the Hercules beetle and the array of beautiful feathered friends are pretty spectacular.
Can you share an interesting fact about yourself, a hobby or interest?
I make very good Yorkshire puddings!
What is your advice for anyone looking to work within the Heritage sector?
Don’t be fooled that you need a degree in Museum Studies to work in the sector, keep an eye on Fair Museum Jobs on twitter for some ethical museum roles.
What are your hopes and visions for the Trust?
Continued engagement with the communities around the borough, both through the learning programme and more broadly with the rest of the staff team.