This blog series gives you a chance to find out a little more about the people behind the desk at Wellcome Collection, the team of artists, academics, musicians, researchers, comedians and more. Among many other things, they invigilate galleries; write and provide tours and “busking” sessions; they work on exhibitions, events and special projects; and they offer information and guidance to our visitors every day. It’s all in a day’s work for our VEAs, so come and meet the team.
Anna Firbank introduces Nelly Ekström, one of our Visitor Experience Assistant (VEA) team members bringing the galleries and exhibitions to life.
Hi to Nelly! Nelly is from Sweden and adding to the growing landscape of backgrounds working at Wellcome Collection, her field of interest is Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management. Nelly’s previous jobs include being a technician at Waldemarsudde art museum in Sweden and an Educator at Skansen, Stockholm’s open air museum of Swedish history. Her interests extend widely beyond museums as well: you will find she is strong on antique mythology, painting, textile handicrafts and “everything Swedish except sports.”
In the galleries, you are likely to find Nelly surrounded by boxes of spices: nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. “I do a ‘busk’ [one of our interactive mini-tours] on the subject of spices and how they have been used in medicine and as protection against disease throughout history. The more times I do it the more I get into the subject. I research more and more things like folklore traditions, trading routes and old recipes; anything that relates to the history of spices.” Continue reading