Hampshire Solent museums’ ‘Orphan Collections’ project in partnership with Portsmouth University’s School of Law
In 2013-14, the Hampshire Solent Museum Development Programme brokered an opportunity with the University of Portsmouth’s Masters in Corporate Governance and Law programme, whereby postgraduate students volunteered in museums, working with staff and trustees work to identify priority collections with unclear ownership or loan arrangements, to conduct relevant research to establish title, and to help the museums to fully understand the legal parameters and their possible courses of action in relation to their orphan objects.
Adlib Designer Training for Collections Staff at Maidstone Museums
Collections staff at Maidstone Museums attedend Adlib Designer Training to improve sustainability and management of the collection and CMS by having skills in house.
Geology and Palaeontology Curatorial Training
Placement at the Natural History Museum enhancing standards of care, display and documentation at Dinosaur Isle.
Natural History Collections Review at Maidstone Museum
As the current Museum team does not include a natural historian, specialist skills were required to identify the significance of specimens and to highlighting areas of duplication as part of the museum's wider Collections Review.
Big Animal Health Check at the Powell-Cotton Museum
See how the Head of Collections and a specialist undertook a full conservation assessment of as many of the Museum’s historic taxidermy specimens as possible in 2 of the museum's galleries.
Documentation and Collections Management at King John’s House
Delivering significant improvements to collections management at King John’s House and Heritage Centre, a small museum in Romsey, Hampshire.
Remedial Conservation Needs Assessment
To evaluate and map the remedial conservation needs for museums of all sizes across the two sub-regions and follow up with site specific practical advice and intervention. To establish a long-term support network for collections care so that the skills and expertise developed by the project can be retained and shared.