The Grand and Secret Order of Museum People

I was talking to my boyfriend today about convocations and degree ceremonies, and he was showing me his diplomas. Along with his engineering degree, he had framed the vow taken by engineers. Apparently, it was written by Rudyard Kipling, so imagine for yourselves the quality of the prose... He also has a ring, and apparently, the whole ceremony was secret! Apparently, Canadian engineers are like Freemasons, or something. Now, being of an anarchical nature, I found this weird, just as I find the ring ceremony undertaken by Canadian Human Ecologists (no, we don't grow people, it used to be called Home Economics but then the name was changed to be less dowdy and better reflect the interest in humans and their near environment) uncomfortably reminiscent of the Catholic custom of nuns wearing rings to symbolize their attachment to God and the Church.

But then, I got to thinking: if anyone needs a secret ceremony attached to an oath of professional conduct and some fancy jewelry (material culture!), it should be the museologists. Do we have a secret ceremony that I don't yet know about? As Leicester is the oldest programme graduating museologists, I think it should start this custom.

Comments

Amy said…
Just bizarre!

We totally need a secret handshake or something. So we can spot Lesta people among the morass of students of lesser Museum Studies programmes. ;)

Whoops - am being elitist now, aren't I? LOL! :D
Pete Newcurator said…
The already is a Secret Museum Society

You're just not in it
Amy said…
WHAT?!!!! Seriously mate, if *we're* not in it, then it's not worth having.
Perian said…
Oh, there are regular meetups. Alas, no jewelry or badges of yet, nor do we appear to have nearly as much fun as the librarians - at least from what I could glean from the ALASecrets2009 twitter feed this year.

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