New ITP Volunteer!

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Hello everyone! I’m here to introduce myself, but I’m never sure how best to do it! To start, my name is Emma Quarnstrom, and I’m currently a graduate student in Cultural Heritage Studies at UCL here in London. I’ve come by way of Washington D.C., where I worked for a battlefield preservation non-profit; Oxford, England, where I received my first masters in Medieval History (very useful, for someone from the U.S.); and Wisconsin, a state in the Midwest of the U.S. that borders with Canada. Academically, my interests tend to revolve around ideas of identity, subaltern representation in heritage space, and early British history, between the 4th and 7th centuries.

Outside of academia, I’m all over the place. I love to cook and bake, and spend most of my visits home with my parents baking in our Swedish bakery (or doing the dishes – there are always dishes to wash!). At home in Wisconsin, I have three cats, a big backyard, and live in a very small town with my mom and dad, Joyce and Gordon. We all like going kayaking and cycling together, having a bonfire in the backyard in the summer with s’mores, and having a bonfire in the winter with s’mores – and extra layers of clothes. Oh, and Wisconsin IS cold in the winter, but it’s also very hot in the summer! We don’t always live under piles of snow 🙂

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My parents’ house

I’m also a huge fan of theatre and musicals, and have seen Rent three times, Les Misérables twice, Wicked twice, The Lion King, The Producers, and a myriad of Shakespeare’s plays, including Hamlet in Stratford-Upon-Avon and Richard II here in London at the Globe Theatre. I enjoy going to see live music shows, big or small, and always appreciate a chance to dance a bit.

I’m so pleased to be working with the ITP for the next 6 months! It’s a fantastic programme, and I’m thrilled to be part of making it happen this year. In my role, I’m going to be using some IT skills I’ve learned to work on developing a way for alumni – you lovely people! – to communicate more easily with one another, and to keep the British Museum updated on your work and exciting careers. We’d like it to be an innovative platform that helps you maintain the great relationships you’ve already made with one another during the programme, and also shows potential applicants what ITP can do for them, their skillsets, and careers. I’ll be reaching out to as many of you as I can in the coming weeks, and am looking forward to e-meeting you all!

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This is Gizmo – he doesn’t usually let me do this!

5 thoughts on “New ITP Volunteer!

  1. Welcome Emma, to this lovely international family. I love Lion King , too ( coming from Kenya!), though I haven’t seen the musical. And your house looks like a storybook, like Little House In the Big Woods! And what are s’mores?

    1. Hi Eileen! Thank you so much for the lovely welcome – I’m so excited to be part of the ITP extended family! The house does sort of look like a fairy tale, doesn’t it? S’mores are treats that you make by putting a piece of chocolate on half of a graham cracker (they taste sort of like plain Digestives), melting a marshmallow over a fire, and putting it between the graham cracker and chocolate and the other half of the graham cracker. They’re messy and SO good!

  2. Emma, welcome to the ITP family-its more international, multicultural, dynamic huge family! I hope you would enjoy your stay at ITP as we all did! (PPS: your home is so beautiful, wow…..

    1. Saadu, thank you so much! I’m enjoying myself so far, and am really looking forward to meeting more of this international family! Thank you for the warm welcome 🙂

  3. Hello I’m injoy time with all team in British museum and meet Emma. I hope get international training in British museum

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