Monthly Archives: November 2014

Operation Poppyfield-conclusion and The Dust Harvester.

machinesWhew! After all that excitement of the past weeks, I am happy to report that the Operation Poppyfield was a success. The 1100 poppies made by our team and the helpful students has been planted in a sombre display in front of the war memorials. Check them out if you haven’t done so yet.
And now I want to start a new cycle of the blog: The Dust Harvester. Because I am so busy with my Masters, my capacity to sit and learn with traditional methods is about full. That’s why I have taken upon myself to let my brain cells rest a while and do some spring…well…autumn cleaning with all the equipment that we have inherited from the defunct science departments. You might be familiar with the mystery machine that turned out to be a device for measuring thermal conductivity of copper. I assure you, that is not the only thing that looks like it was touched by mad science. Some of those machines are OLD. Old enough that their leather straps turned to stone and their plastic casings turned brittle. Some of them look like they would make Dr. Frankenstein very happy. And I, as a person that will explore them with a damp rag for the first time in years, will try to get to the bottom of those devices and boxes that once turned students into scientists (hopefully not of the mad kind).

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Taking a short break

I’m taking a short break this week. Next week I’ll be back with more archival hijinks. See you then.

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Hush-hush no more

The award itself

The award itself

Now when there was a press release and everything, I no longer have to keep quiet. Do you remember the big thing we were all preparing for? Well, now I can tell you that we won an award for all our volunteering work from Archives and Records Association. And it is actually a national thing- the Archive Volunteering Award. The judges were unanimous and were very impressed that we did so much with so little.
There was the award presenting ceremony in our archives, that’s why we all worked so hard. That evening the room was full of big wigs: we had three people from ARA presenting the award, guests from the Plymouth’s Volunteer Centre and other outside organizations, various people from different Marjon’s departments and even out vice-chancellor. We wanted to show our guest all the projects we made and when it was put all in one room it was a lot. When you work week-to-week on your part of the project, helping other volunteers with one thing or another, you really miss the scope of the whole undertaking. You think about your project as that small thing that you do for the reasons of your own and don’t give it a second thought. But the world is watching and then you realize: whatever you do has an impact.
But don’t take my word for all of it. Check it out for yourself:
http://www.archives.org.uk/ara-in-action/news/557-university-of-st-mark-and-st-john-wins-2014-national-volunteering-award.html

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Furniture future, furniture past.

Now that I’ve officially graduated everything became awfully nostalgic. I never thought I will ever feel anything but frustration at Marjon’s mismatched tables and chairs, the horrible desk-chair combos, the lecture theatre with no leg room. Now I would bear all of those with a smile if only I would be allowed back.T_T
And speaking of furniture, I had a good look at what once was considered state-of-the-art school equipment. Behold the St John’s College.

The Gymnasium

The Gymnasium

Ah, the gymnasium. Just look at that balancing bar, the austerity of that pommel horse. Maybe I’m sensitive, but they make me cringe. The back of it looks like the room doubled as a theatre. I haven’t seen such multipurpose room since…well…ever.
It kind of looks like safety risk to me, but the past was tougher and made do with less than we are.

 

Lecture theatre

Lecture theatre

Here is the lecture theatre. To tell the truth I am amazed how little changed. Sure, now we have computer projectors in place of blackboard, but the essence of the construct
remains the same. Long uncomfortable and hard seats?- check, weirdly shaped table
with no room for all the things?- check, complete with students that suffer that abominations?-Check and check.

The library

The library

Ladies and gentlemen: the library. Ok I must say that it baffles me why a table has normal chairs at one side and a bench on the other, but as a working space this isn’t half bad. The room looks well lit, there is plenty of space and there are no distractions anywhere in sight. With a bit of modernization it would fit our own standards pretty well.
Well, I covered the furnishing nightmares of St. John’s. Next time I promise to show something nicer, as the Battersea House is in fact very beautiful place.

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