The Washington Post Highlights Staff Unseen in Annual Museums Feature

Kudos are due The Washington Post for focusing its annual Museums feature on positions often not highlighted in museums. Their selection of staff only demonstrates how they barely scratch the surface of the roles these workers fulfill and the skills and experience they bring to the work. And yet, it’s a start. What is your institution doing to highlight how it accomplishes the work of serving as a steward of cultural heritage? The variety of voices on the museum’s team can assist museums building pathways of understanding to desired audiences.

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Behind the scenes - designers sometimes forget that actual adults have to get inside casework to clean the glass. Physical rigor is often required for all levels of museums staff. Photo: 2009.

Behind the scenes – designers sometimes forget that actual adults have to get inside casework to clean the glass. There is no way in besides through the front pane. Physical rigor is often required for all levels of museums staff on a daily basis, from gymnastics to feats of strength. Photo: 2009.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.