Intern Profile March 2019

In this month's Intern Profile we introduce you to our current intern Regitze, and provide a snapshot of her project with us at the Grainger Museum.

Hello Regitze, we are so happy to have you with us at the Grainger Museum. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am from Denmark, in Australia on a Working Holiday visa. I have finished a bachelor’s degree in Educational Science and a master’s degree in educational Sociology back in Denmark. I have a soft spot for both history and music. As far back as I can remember, I have always enjoyed visiting museums, sucking up and getting all the historical insights, details and stories that are hidden in those amazing places. I have played music myself (trumpet) for around 13 years in different marching bands and orchestras and thought that the opportunity for working as an intern at the Grainger Museum would be the greatest combination of both worlds.

What project are you currently working on here at the Grainger Museum?

I am currently working on translating the many untouched correspondences between Karen Holten and Percy Grainger from Danish into English. It gives me an amazing insight, and in some way, it kind of makes me feel like I am inside the head of Karen Holten when translating her letters. It is a fascinating and interesting journey to be a part of.

Are you finding the process interesting (or maybe even challenging)?

The process is so interesting! To be able to dive into the correspondence that Karen Holten and Percy Grainger had more than 100 years ago is so fascinating. At the same time, it is also a big challenge, to be able to read the handwriting of people who lived in a different time than myself. I am not used to reading this type of handwriting. I knew it would be challenging – and the job has proved my right. But the challenge that lies within it just keeps me even more fascinated and interested in cracking the code and working through the correspondence.

Thank you Regitze for sharing the details of your project with us.