Kemal

Portrait of Kemal

Kemal

"Museum work's not just about putting things in cases and labelling them: it's often about figuring out what they are in the first place"

Like Katie, Kemal has done a lot of work and study in the museum. He now works in finance in Sri Lanka.

I was introduced to the Whipple Museum while studying History and Philosophy of Science. I was looking for a topic for my coursework, and my supervisor (teacher) pointed me towards a silver celestial planisphere - a disc with a map of the stars - in the museum.

Nobody knew much about this object, and the aim of my coursework was to find out who made it, and where, when and why they did. This was what got me so interested in museum work. It's not just about putting things in cases and labelling them: it's often about figuring out what they are in the first place.

After I finished my degree, I worked in the Whipple for two years. I helped make sure all the objects in the collection were listed in the database. This was more often a process of working out what an object was and where it came from than simply describing it and filing away the notes.

Because I wanted to do more research, I then did a second degree (a Masters), and then a third! This was a PhD, which makes me Dr Kemal. For these degrees, I looked in detail not only at the objects themselves, but also at the people who made them and the society that wanted them made.

Activity links: Kemal knew a whole lot about the globe and planisphere on the phone.

 
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