What is the role of a museum professional in the #coronavirus epidemic?

huhtikuu 25, 2020

What is the role of a museum professional in the COVID-19 epidemic? To produce information and give perspective. Despite the trials, we will survive this together!

Thanks also to the nurses, doctors, teachers, cleaners, guards, police, cashiers and others who do their work at their workstations! Thanks also to all those who have the opportunity to stay at home and do #telework!

The museum doesn’t run out of jobs, even though the museums are closed to the public! In Trafiikki museums, most business meetings and communications, as well as customer service and the Trafiikki online store, are currently run remotely. Despite the exceptional situation, we take care of the protection of cultural heritage, the duties of the authorities and maintain cultural services.

We want to communicate the behind-the-scenes work of the museums to you as well. Therefore, in the coming months, we will share images related to the work of museologists on our social media channels with hashtags #atthemuseum, #MuseumsTogether, and #remotely.

What does it look like there at a remote workstation? Below are a few pictures:

The remote office of the Finnish Railway Museum’s project coordinator is located in the old closet. You can work there in peace! The coordinator is responsible for the educational cooperation project and for working on the St. Petersburg track’s celebratory publication. Projects continue and deadlines don’t wait. A timeline for the festive publication of the St. Petersburg track is under construction. St. Petersburg Railway will fill this year for 150 years!

The collection manager of the Finnish Railway Museum tells about his work:

”The content of my work has not changed very much in an exceptional situation, but the way I do it has taken a big digital leap. Together with colleagues, we are now thinking hard about ways we could better serve our customers and present their collections on digital channels.

Meetings and working group meetings are now handled remotely. Traditional collection work also bends to teleworking. Between remote meetings, I list object collections in the database. I will review and complete the old cataloging information for online publication. ”

Collections of the Finnis Traffic Museums in Finna

The collections of The Finnish Traffic Museums can be easily found online at Finna: Finna.fi makes the materials of Finnish museums, libraries and archives available to everyone.

 

You can browse and read materials available online.

Tiina Jantunen, The Trafiikki Museums Association