It’s been almost a month since my last post. I can find tons of excuses, but the simple reality is that for an enterpreneur who tries to combine work and a PhD work sometimes gets in the way.
Two days before Christmas we launched a new project. Insanity ensued in the days following and all through January. While we eventually met the deadline, there was hardly any time left for any other activities, so blog writing had to take a back seat. But I did manage to finish my second context chapter which is something of a miracle. And I am even more proud of the fact that it was eventually praised by my professor. Somehow the last two months remind me of 2006: I got married, supervised the construction of our house which was 120 km from our flat, moved to the new house and edited a 400-page automobile encyclopedia. By Christmas, 2006 we were in our new house and the book was published. By comparison on 2 February, 2015 both the 2nd context chapter and my two work projects were all finished.
2015 shapes up to be another interesting year. I am two months’ ahead of our schedule in regards to context chapters. The third one needs to be finished by the beginning of May. It will look at the relation between museums and national identities. This will be the first totally non-automotive context chapter, so I need plenty of time to really prepare myself. My mind is somewhere else: I am already thinking about the next step – fieldwork. Speaking of field research, I now have a kindred spirit who I can talk to! A very nice Spanish lady contacted me, who’s doing her PhD on motoring museums! It seems we can meet on the 28th of February in Berlin of all places 🙂
I see that we now have another Museum Studies blogger, who’s located in Leicester. So you can expect on-campus and off-campus blog posts from this very interesting field. With all the latest developments on the Hungarian museums’ scene – especially the pending closing of the Hungarian Museum of Transport and Technology I look at my studies as an escape route, showing a way to a far more professional and accomplished museology than what is currently going on in Hungary.