Moving Stores at Littlehampton Museum
Staff at Littlehampton Museum had to move collections to a temporary store in one of the on-site meeting rooms at short notice, due to unplanned building work. Find out what they accomplished using materials from the conservation resource bank.
Fort Nelson Staff and Volunteers Experience Crime Scene Technology Training
Royal Armouries staff and volunteers were recently awarded a Training Bursary to learn how to use a portable X-ray fluorescence analyser (XRF), to enable the collection of forensic evidence from the collection of Artillery held at Fort Nelson. Conservator Matthew Hancock tells the story.
Sea City Museum making improvements, saving time and money with Lean Systems Thinking
After taking part in a one-day 'Lean Systems Thinking' workshop in March 2015, Southampton City Council's Sea City Museum bid for the opportunity to have a day's intensive in-house support from consultant Debbie Brown, which took place in June. The management team chose to split the consultancy day in to two; utilising the morning for an objective and impartial review of the Front of House service; leading to a feedback and training session in the afternoon. Overall their aim was to ‘gain an understanding of where there may be opportunities for improvement at the point of delivery within public venues; whilst challenging the thinking and working methods of the team.’
Petersfield Museum participation in GEM Conference 'People Power: Realising the potential of volunteers, communities and partners'
Back in 2013, Amanda Harwood of Peterfield Museum was awarded a Training Bursary to take part in Group for Education in Museums (GEM) annual conference ‘People Power: Realising the potential of volunteers, communities and partners.’ Find out how this has delivered lasting benefits to the museum 18 months on, with better utilisation of volunteer support and increased partnership working with local schools and community groups.
Training Bursaries: MA 'Sorted' Seminar
In September 2013, staff from four Hampshire Solent Hampshire Solent museums were awarded training bursaries to attend the Museums Association seminar ‘Sorted: New approaches to collections rationalisation.’ We've updated this case study with information from a long-term evaluation carried out in May 2015. Find out how the Training Bursary recipients are continuing to make a difference 18 months on.
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.
The Spitfire & Hurricane Museum at the Managing Safely Training Course
Matt Demedts from the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum describes his experiences on a RoSPA Managing Safely (IOSH) Course.
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.
Sustainable Volunteering at Brook Agricultural Museum
An overview of the specific outcomes achieved by Brook Agricultural Museum as part of the wider Kent Sustainable Volunteering project which took place between July 2013 and February 2014.
Sustainable Volunteering at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery
An overview of the specific outcomes achieved by Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery as part of the wider Kent Sustainable Volunteering project which took place between July 2013 and February 2014.
Sustainable Volunteering at the Royal Engineers Museum
An overview of the specific outcomes achieved by the Royal Engineers Museum as part of the wider Kent Sustainable Volunteering project which took place between July 2013 and February 2014.
Sustainable Volunteering at the Powell-Cotton Museum
An overview of the specific outcomes achieved by the Powell-Cotton Museum as part of the wider Kent Sustainable Volunteering project which took place between July 2013 and February 2014.
MODES for Chiddingstone Castle
Find out how Chiddingstone Castle upgraded their MODES cataloguing software and received training for staff and volunteers in order to make the collection better catalogued and to improve access.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham: Inventory and Storage
The staff at The Historic Dockyard Chatham are currently undertaking a storage project - check out what they got up to!
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.
Income Generation at the Royal Engineers Museum
This project was designed to review of the Roal Engineers Museum's current retail situation and to seek advice on how these could be improved, as part of the wider 'Income Generation for Museums' prorgamme of work in Kent & Medway.
New Technology for Tom Brown’s School Museum
This micro-consultancy provided advice, support, training and new equipment in order to raise collections management and interpretation standards at Tom Brown's School Museum
Regional Sustainable Volunteering Project
This project aimed to give museums significant learning about good practice in volunteer management; increased knowledge, skills and understanding of key individuals able to influence change; volunteers are aware of the museums’ focus on the importance of involving and recognising their contribution.
The Relocation of Britain at War
The Winston Churchill, Britain at War Museum, Toolley Street, London Bridge closed on 6th January 2013 and Railtrack is currently redeveloping the site. St Margaret’s Bay Museum agreed to acquire the collections and to move it from London to Kent.x
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.