This year, the History of Art Internship Programme at ECA has placed almost 50 students in different galleries, museums, archives and libraries across Edinburgh and Glasgow. In this, the third in a series of articles focusing on the interns and their placements, we talk to Elizabeth (Liv) Rothfuss, a student on the Art in the Global Middle Ages - MSc programme at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

Elizabeth is from Philadelphia, USA and has a degree in Fine Arts, specialising in illustration and photography. After working outside the arts for several years, she decided she wanted to return to the sector. She says…

“I had always been interested in studying History of Art at a higher level and this year seemed like the right time to take a year off from my career and life in the US.

I had first looked at the Art in the Global Middle Ages - MSc programme when I was an undergraduate and was drawn to the opportunity to do a full degree overseas and the programme's unique global perspective on medieval art”.

National Museums Scotland (NMS) | National Museums Collection Centre

Liv’s internship was at the National Museums Collection Centre, which has recently completed several large moves of objects in storage.

Together with Rachel Morrall, a Renaissance and Early Modern Studies student at ECA, Liv spent a total of 20 days in the Centre's Art & Design mixed media store, handling, moving, packing and labelling medieval and early modern decorative objects and entering their details in the NMS database.

Liv says…

“As I’m looking to pursue a career within museums and the arts sector, the internship’s been incredibly beneficial. It’s brought a practical side to my study experience and taught me some of the fundamentals that anyone would need if they were working as a curator.

It was incredibly unique as I was able to see and handle objects regularly that no-one else would normally be able to access”.

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