Louise Price, BA Ancient History and Archaeology (2005)
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I work as both a curator at a small (but fascinating) medical museum in Worcester and as a freelance oral historian/researcher. After graduating, I volunteered at various heritage organisations before completing my MA Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Over the years, I have worked for a huge range of museums, both independent and council-run, whilst building up a portfolio of freelance work.
Why did you choose to study Classics/Ancient History at Nottingham?
I fell in love with the University campus and friendly staff during an open day visit. With my ultimate career aim of managing collections in museums, I wanted the opportunity to study both the history and practical archaeology of the ancient world. I also knew I’d have a great social life in Nottingham!
Which of the skills you gained has proved most useful subsequently?
Interpreting epic poems and ancient religious calendars gave me an excellent grounding in the ability to explain complicated themes and artefacts to the public. And, after a somewhat shaky start, I developed a good writing style, which has come into its own when writing marketing material, editorials, funding bids and interpretation panels for the museum world.
What did you enjoy the most about your study?
My dissertation was the highlight. After completing the Independent Second Year Project, I had a strong desire to know more about reliefs on so-called imperial triumphal buildings, and spent several happy months undertaking research in the library!
What would be your advice to someone thinking about studying Classics/Ancient History at Nottingham?
Go for it! I am still in touch with some of my lecturers and I made THE best friends in halls. The level of commitment amongst staff and researchers at the university is evident, and I benefited from being part of it. I have no doubt that my degree from Nottingham has helped me to stand out from the crowd.