A new team of researchers from India has arrived in the UK! Juhi, Kalyani and Sushil have never been to UK before, so they will describe their experience so far:
I landed at the Heathrow airport around 7.30 pm. I was welcomed by chilly winds and frost. Experiencing frost was something rare for me. I and my project colleagues indulged in clicking pictures of each other in the cold London night at the car parking. We were driven to the College Court at Leicester by a friendly driver. He made us feel comfortable all through the two-hour car journey by friendly conversations.
We reached the reception of the College Court where two staff members asked us to fill some form. Meanwhile, our driver helped us in unloading all our baggage. We all went to the allotted rooms, unpacked some of our stuff, and messaged our family and friends about our safe travel.
I found myself too jaded, went to the bed and fell asleep. The idea of exploring the local markets and museums the next day made my day and the sleep sweeter.
We reached London on Saturday. The weather was cold with freezing drizzle. The driver dropped me and my colleagues from India at College Court, the University hotel where we are staying.
On Sunday we went out to explore the City Centre market. We had our lunch there and then make a plan to visit New Walk Museum. After a treasure hunt we reached the museum. New walk has a rich collection of both natural and cultural heritage. It was a really wonderful experience.
Monday morning Dr. Sandra drove us to the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. Oonagh gave us a small tour of the university. At university canteen we had our lunch which was a mix of Samosa and Naan.
In the afternoon we had a discussion on the data gathered from the field survey. Dr. Sandra add her valuable thoughts to this discussion.
Today we will start field research at the Market Harbarough Museum. We all are excited to sit the museum.
I reached London Saturday night. Now I am staying at college court in Leicester. Today I visited school of museum studies and main campus of Leicester university.
On Monday, we were all reunited – Dr Sandra Dudley who has been part of all research activity in India and UK, and myself Oonagh, who has researched in Ely, UK and Jaipur, India. The current phase of the project will be for our Indian colleagues to gain knowledge in a UK research environment, in addition to the whole team doing fieldwork at a local government museum and also performing data analysis on the material we have gathered in our research so far.
The current research site is Harborough Museum in Market Harbourgh, about 20 miles from Leicester. It is a converged museum/local archive/library that houses the Hallaton Hoard. Our fieldwork starts on Tuesday 14 February, and we can’t wait to discover what objects are on display and how visitors, and ourselves, respond to them.