China Youth.cn:Yan Tianshu’s voluntary story :A Special Vacation of the Volunteer Museum Docent
On February 11, the fourth day of the Chinese New Year, Yan Tianshu went to the National Museum by appointment. In a preparation room, Yan took out her notes, going over the content that she could recite fluently from memory again and again. The wall behind her was plastered with many photos of volunteers who also worked as docent.
During the 2016 Spring Festival holiday, the National Museum adjacent to Tian'anmen Square in Beijing was on the list of many tourists' musts. For the reason of the complicated exhibits and the deep culture details behind these. As a result, docent volunteers become the biggest benefit to help audience learn more during a visit.
Yan Tianshu, as Beijing native girl in the generation after 80s, is a member of the docent volunteer team. Since she started her voluntary service in July 2014, Yan has been working as a volunteer at the National Museum for nearly 80 hours. In the Spring Festival this year, she continued the docent volunteer in the National Museum.
Yan Tianshu said that she saw the volunteer recruiting information of National Museum on Weibo in early 2014. Coming up with the idea of cultivating communication ability, Yan mailed out a handwritten resume. After selection, she stands out from a thousand applicants. Then after nearly six months of training, practice and observation, Yan has finally done well in voluntary service .
Yan Tianshu was working in China Youth.cn. Because of the busy work at ordinary times, she could only take some time to work as a volunteer in the museum over the weekend. She said that she had fallen in love with the museum when doing the docent job, as well as this volunteer work. Whenever the audience listen to her presentation carefully is the most rewarding moment for her.
Half past 1 p.m., Yan began her work. The content was about the coin, which is one of the three permanent exhibitions in National Museum that Yan Tianshu was in charge of.
Yan Tianshu explained the relative knowledge of exhibits to the audience fluently. She said that there were three permanent exhibitions and about ten large thematic exhibitions in National Museum. What she is able to make explanations are coins, jade, and the collection of modern classic art exhibition.
In order to make the content informative and logical, and to answer the questions from audiences freely, Yan browsed a wealth of information, only the data collected on her own is as much as about hundreds of A4 paper.
Accomplished the work today, Yan went inside the collection of classic modern art exhibition hall again. Because the contents of the exhibition were updated, so she needed to make adjustment in her explains. Yan Tianshu read the data carefully. The painting behind her is titled "The birth of new China", which is the largest one of meticulous color pictures exhibited in museums all over the world.