To prepare the volunteers to guide families through the Museum and tell them more about the fascinating stories behind the objects, myself and Caroline Moreau from the Volunteers Service ran an interesting, and hopefully not too challenging, training session! During the session the volunteers took part in various activities including charades and asking lots of questions about Museum objects. During charades volunteers were asked to act out a museum object, trying to get the others to guess which Pitt Rivers Museum object they were. This included what the object was, what it was made from, and where in the world it was from.
|Volunteers playing Museum Object Charades © Pitt Rivers Museum|
Volunteers were also given mystery objects and were asked to write down as many questions that they could possibly ask about the object. It helped that they had no idea what the object was so would ask the most basic questions that perhaps visitors who may never have seen it might ask. This helps the volunteers to understand viewing an object from a visitors point of view.
|Volunteers asking lots of questions about a mystery object © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|Leading the way: One volunteer leads the other around the Museum |
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Families Education Officer
|Explaining a bit more about the five tour objects to the volunteers © Pitt Rivers Museum|