10 Jul 2016 19:49
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After three months as coordinator, Bernadette Connolly decided to leave the museum. But we welcome Nicola Harris and her daughter Ffleur to the team. If you recognise the names then, yes, they are of the same Harris family that runs Isle of Wight Studio Glass next door to the museum. Nicola will help the museum director with back office tasks and Ffleur will join Tina Gormer in the museum to welcome visitors, assist at the sales counters, deal with enquiries over the phone, and run the museum on a day-to-day basis.
As the work load increased as the summer progressed more help was needed. Nicola will concentrate on getting the museum known to tour companies, antique dealers, organizers of collectors' fairs, glass societies, coordinate group visits to enhance their experience to the museum and studio next door, and look into opportunities for funding.
Ffleur (inset right) has grown up around IOWSG all her life and is in an ideal position to help visitors with the museum exhibition and as sales assistant. Since the museum is open seven days a week a minimum team of two was needed. Tina works four days, Saturday to Tuesday, while Ffleur covers Wednesday to Friday.
Not to be forgotten is Julie Ann Gaterell who has been working hard on the educational programme. She has been contacting schools on the Island to make them aware of the museum as an educational facility that can really add to students' experience of glass as an art form and as a skill in making it. Julie has a degree in Fine Art from Southampton Solent University and gained teaching qualifications afterwards. She currently works with schools in providing IT services. But she may be best known to visitors to the museum by her very popular dichroic glass jewellery, which is sold at the museum.
The museum is delighted that we have such a strong team.
Anton Doroszenko, Museum Director