My Work Experience Blog – Tamar Robertson

Today’s blog post has been written by work experience student Tamar Robertson, who tells us about her week with us!

Hello, my name is Tamar, I took place in work experience the week starting 3rd July. I found my week’s visit amazing, I learnt many new skills, new facts and knowledge that I feel have benefited me dramatically.

I started my first day off to a very busy start arriving later than arranged due to a music exam, this I latterly included into my Arts Award which I did with The Dudley Canal Trust. My day started off to a great start, I helped with a children’s fabulous fossils demonstration and learnt many interesting facts I’d never learnt before. In the afternoon I had an introduction about the site and met the team. I found that my day had truly been a success and was eager to come again the next day.

My second day started out at the morning chit chat club, I found out that there was a speaker in called Graham Worton. Initially, I was apprehensive as I’m a fidget and wasn’t sure if my concentration was going to be kept. The presentation started and I grew more and more intrigued, by the end of the session I was mesmerised and thoroughly enjoyed helping out making refreshments and learning fantastic facts about the Black Country. In the afternoon I was in the ticket office and on barrier duty, this I found very interesting as I had great company with the volunteers and enjoyed labelling and putting out the stock.

Wednesday came and I was on Towpath duty, I was fortunate enough to participate in a boat trip through the caverns. I took many photographs which will be in the gallery below if you’re interested to see. In the afternoon the Arts Award session took place in which I did arts and crafts, painted and sketched to my upmost enjoyment. This included me doing pieces of art and finding different forms of artwork to which I then researched and found out many interesting facts about such as artists like J Turner, and canal artists such as Tim Yorke and Jonathan Ball.

On Thursday my morning activity was to complete my arts award and ensure everything was up to scratch, in this time I wrote a short poem about dinosaurs and will post in the Gallery which you may read.

On Friday a school trip was booked in, this was a great way to end my experience and I had truly loved my week and extremely enjoyed the company of the volunteers and staff, I highly recommend The Dudley Canal Trust to anyone as you will truly have a memorable experience and will enjoy anything you wish to take part in.

We hope you enjoyed Tamar’s blog! Some of the work she created this week will be exhibited in our upcoming Open Exhibition at the Portal and later this year as part of our Limestone Links project.