A Public History Intern’s Work Week 5

Hello and thank you for joining again. We are making good progress here for the coming exhibit for World Diabetes Day. I have finally finished documenting all of the submitted tattoos and we have mostly decided on a layout which we are thinking looks good. Because of this, as of Wednesday I have begun designing the displays for each of the tattoos and I will continue to do so today. I am personally feeling very positive about the exhibit and its progress.

On Wednesday I was able to focus on working on the exhibit, but one of our volunteers informed me that one of the tours he gave was to two people who were hearing impaired. As far as I know, nobody here knows Sign Language, so he wrote out his tour for them to read as they went along. This made me start considering that museums do have visitors who are hearing impaired and thus I should at least attempt to begin learning Sign Language in order to help provide accessibility for everyone. I have a particular interest in language and I have been learning German, so I feel that it could be interesting and even enjoyable to learn it, plus it would help to improve the experience of our visitors who are hearing impaired.

I also found that I will be researching some of Dr. James Bertram Collip’s work for one of my classes. As he worked with the team alongside Dr. Banting, Best, and Dr. Macleod to create insulin, particularly by creating the refining method used to purify the impurities of the insulin, I hope that I may come across some additional information which could possibly be added to Banting House National Historic Site’s vast array of information, thus enhancing our current interpretation of Dr. Collip and his contributions. He is one of the less spoken about and lesser-known members of the team after all, so who knows!

Until next time however, that is all I have. Thank you for reading!

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