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Help Hub

Welcome to the South East Museums Help Hub.  This section is for anyone and everyone working in the museum, heritage, arts and wider cultural sector in the South East, and beyond. 

Whether you need help with something, can offer some support and advice, or just want to put a call out to everyone and introduce yourself – here is the place to do it.

All we ask is that you don’t make personal attacks or use inappropriate language, don’t make references to personal data, and no advertising or promotion of products/services you are trying to sell.  Apart from that, please see this as a useful discussion space where everyone can get involved!

Looking further afield?  Then why not take a look at the national Museum Freecycle UK pages?

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    Natural History and Ethnographic Objects Looking for New Home

    Canterbury Museums and Galleries wish to offer objects from our natural history and ethnographic collections which no longer fit with our Collections Development Policy to other accredited museums. We ask that collectors are responsible for the collection and transport of objects. 520 items from the Natural History collection have been approved for disposal following a collections review, including: mounted Persian fallow deer antlers; a large snake skin; a large number of tropical shells. A full list of these items is available on request. 37 ethnographic items have been approved for disposal following a collections review. A full list of these items is available on request. For more information, please email craig.bowen@canterbury.gov.uk, or coralie.clover@canterbury.gov.uk.

    Posted by: Coralie Clover
    on 14-07-2017

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    Staff Training Providers

    Hello everyone, can anyone help by sharing the details of the training providers you use to train staff in DSE and/or manual handling? Any recommendations would be much appreciated.

    Posted by: Alex Flinn
    on 15-06-2017

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    OFFER: ClickNetherfield Vista Case with antibandit glass

    ClickNetherfield Vista Case 5000mm long x 1200 wide x 1880mm wide This is a high security case with 11.5mm antibandit glass. Clear glass on all sides - we have applied vinyl graphics to improve the exhibition space (these are quick and easy to remove). Currently located on the first floor of Whitchurch Silk Mill. This case was installed in 2007 and is now offered free to a museum. Due to high security specification this case is very heavy, about 1100kg. Although a ClickNetherfield case, it was installed by About Presentation who may be willing to consult on its removal / transportation. A specification sheet is available from the Mill. Please note to purchase a similar specification case today would cost in excess of £20,000. Dismantling, transport and reassembling the case would be the responsibility of the new owners. The case will be available after 1st September 2017 (when the Mill closes for refurbishment) from Whitchurch Silk Mill, 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7AL Telephone:01256 892065 Email:sue.tapliss@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk

    Posted by: Sue Tapliss
    on 10-06-2017

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    Free to Collect WW2 Baby/Toddler Gas Hood

    Hertitage Branch at RHQ the Rifles, have available free to any museum that can come and collect it, a WW2 Baby/Toddler Gas Hood as issued by the Govt for ARP measures amongst the population. Complete, intact, good condition overall some rust to rear plate. An interesting piece for any Home Front Presentation or recreated early 1940s scene. Disposal due to irrelevance to our collection policy.Please contact us if you are interested. Inquiries dealt with on a first come first served basis. I look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested.

    Posted by: Major R K Yuill
    on 06-06-2017

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    Male Torso Mannequins Free to collect

    RHQ The Rifles, Heritage Branch,at Peninsula Barracks, Winchester have available 6 torso mannequins (male), three with stands, available for any museum that wants them and can collect from our Winchester site. Applications received on a first come first served basis. Looking forward to hearing from anyone who is interested in these free mannequins.

    Posted by: Major R K Yuill
    on 06-06-2017

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    Anything Roman please.

    I am an archaeologist working in the education sector, bringing history to life in schools. I am setting up digs at Bodiam & Horam in East Sussex at the moment. I have been very lucky to have had artefact donations from Fishbourne Roman Place and Sussex Archeology but am still in need of Roman era artefacts, including native ware and pre-Roman flint tools to complete our stratigraphies. Am willing to travel anywhere in the South East to collect, do you have anything I can take off your hands please? Check my web site out at www.dig-it-history.uk or at www.facebook.com/dig-it-history Kind regards, Ross J Atabey 07941 315214 ross.atabey@gmail.com

    Posted by: Ross Jehan Atabey
    on 06-06-2017

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    OFFER: Two Male Fibreglass Mannequins with sculpted faces

    One adult male and one young boy / adolescent mannequin offered free of charge to Museum or Heritage Site. Would suit open display / diorama. Faces are sculpted and in good condition, arms and legs articulated. One comes with modern nylon wig, the adult male is dressed as a c.1830s weaver / worker. Would prefer to go together, although would separate if required. For collection from Whitchurch Silk Mill, 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, HAMPSHIRE, RG28 7AL by 31st August 2017 although sooner if possible. Collection preferred, although we would package for collection by a courier (at your expense) if required. For more images contact Sue Tapliss, Telephone:01256 892065 Email:sue.tapliss@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk

    Posted by: Sue Tapliss
    on 05-06-2017

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    FREE: Freestanding Display Case for Disposal

    Collector must dismantle and remove from Whitchurch Silk Mill in Hampshire by the 31st August 2017 1830mm high x 1300mm wide x 750mm deep Includes • set of pull out lockable drawers • full height costume case with lock • map / poster sliders This would make an ideal sense of place case for showcasing small museum objects, reproduction maps and photographs and even a costumed mannequin. It would need to be dismantled and removed from the second floor of Whitchurch Silk Mill by 31st August, when the Mill closes for refurbishment. The case is free, but collector will be responsible for dismantling and transport. Please contact Sue Tapliss, (01256) 892065 / sue.tapliss@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk to view

    Posted by: Sue Tapliss
    on 05-06-2017

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    Maintenance of humidifiers/de-humidifiers

    We are looking to get new quotes for the servicing of our environmental control equipment and wondered which companies everyone was using?

    Posted by: Katy Ball
    on 30-05-2017

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    Roman Brick and Tile

    “Fishbourne Roman Palace is undergoing a disposal of Roman brick and tile from their collections, using the Museums’ Association’s “Disposal Toolkit” as a framework for the process. If your museum has an educational or display need for fragments of Roman brick and tile then please contact Rob on coafish@sussexpast.co.uk outlining what you need, how it will be used and confirming your museum’s Accreditation status”.

    Posted by: Rob Symmons
    on 02-05-2017

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    Experience of using MODES Compact

    The museum I mentor is about to upgrade their MODES license - but they are undecided on if to move to MODES Complete or MODES Compact. Do you use MODES Compact? If so, please get in touch to share your experiences with us?

    Posted by: Corina Westwood
    on 21-04-2017

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    Victorian Curate's Costume needed

    Dinosaur Isle Museum will be holding an inaugural walk on the Isle the Isle of Wight at Brighstone village on Saturday May 27th, to celebrate the life of the Revd William Fox, Victorian curate of the local church and a famous dinosaur collector. For the walk I would like to be able to borrow a curates long coat, waistcoat and shallow hat. I’m 5’10” tall and have a hat size of 57.5cm. The picture of Fox was taken in his garden about 1870 and shows what I am seeking. Any help appreciated please. Trevor Price, Community Learning Officer. Dinosaur Isle Museum Trevor.Price@IOW.gov.uk

    Posted by: Trevor Price
    on 12-04-2017

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    Musuem Case Item Numbers

    Hi All, I am trying to source some small cube or tent like numbers for our display cases to help people identify items. I can currently only find one supplier http://www.dauphin.co.uk/ - does anyone know of others? Any help appreciated.

    Posted by: Helen Ellis
    on 09-03-2017

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    School Loan Boxes

    Do you offer a school loan box service? I'm interested in finding out if in the last 2 years demand for your boxes have: a) risen b) fallen c) stayed the same A simple a,b or c answer is fine, but add more information if you have the time and would like to! We're looking at introducing a revamped loan box service but would very much like to assess demand in the context of other Museum's experiences. Thank you in advance for your help.

    Posted by: Felicity Wood
    on 07-03-2017

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    Ladies Costume Collection for Rehoming

    Elmbridge Museum are looking to transfer a collection of costume, donated by Viscountess Rosamond Hanworth, to another museum. The collection consists mainly of dresses, petticoats, bodices and accessories dating from the 1880s to the 1930s. It includes a 1920s maid’s apron, some household linen and a bicycle. Some of the items were owned by Viscountess Hanworth’s grandmother, Lady Crauford. Rosamond Hanworth was an active SAS member and lived in Shamley Green, Surrey. She appears in 3 portraits in the National Portrait Gallery.

    If you are interested in this collection, please contact Gemma Haigh: ghaigh@elmbridge.gov.uk

    Posted by: Gemma Haigh
    on 06-03-2017

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    Sharing your experience of loans

    Would anyone be happy to share their experiences of National or International loans with me? We are developing our strategy. If so, please could you email me: curator:chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

    Posted by: Maria Esain
    on 06-03-2017

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    Free arts, culture & digital Teachmeet

    Monday 20 March 2017, 17:00-19:00 Clore Learning Centre, Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN Mixing teachers with curators and education officers from museums, galleries and arts organisations from across the UK, #TMCulture24 will bring the worlds of education, culture and arts, and digital media together, with a special focus on using digital collections - objects, artworks and the stories they tell - to support teaching and learning. This is an informal gathering where anyone can share great ideas they've trialled in their classroom or ask important questions. Education professionals from all sectors are welcome to take part, and we’re excited about bringing cultural sector educators into the mix as well. We have 70 free places for cultural professionals to join the TeachMeet (please only reserve one if you can definitely attend) and 100 free places for teachers: https://tmculture24.eventbrite.co.uk

    Posted by: Rosie Clarke
    on 01-03-2017

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    Has your museum run a social media project?

    We are looking for a Community Social Media Facilitator to work with a small group of adults new to social media, to record and share the 'behind the scenes' story of Westbury Manor Museum. If you have any contacts who may be interested in a copy of the brief please let me know or share the following link with them https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/freelance-opportunity-community-social-media-laura-bullivant?trk=prof-post Thanks

    Posted by: Laura Bullivant
    on 27-02-2017

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    Winchester AMA Support Group

    The Winchester AMA Support Group The Winchester AMA Group began late in 2016, as a few members of staff at Winchester's Military Museums in Peninsula Barracks began to undertake our AMA's. While there are other regional support groups, we wanted to offer an alternative group that was centrally located for us due to varying commutes and work commitments. We do have a link to the Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire Support Group, and are welcome to attend their meetings as well as sharing updates and news from the wider region and the Museums Association. If you are thinking of or currently are undertaking your AMA, then feel free to pop along and join us for one of our meetings. We meet on a monthly basis at Winchester's Military Museums at 2pm, dates varying. If you are interested in joining us or want to find out more about the group, please email Bianca Taubert at curator@agcmuseum.co.uk

    Posted by: Bianca Taubert
    on 22-02-2017

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    Looking for a display case

    We are looking to borrow / buy a display case that allows the display of small to medium sized objects. It needs to be lockable and ideally a deep table top case. We need for an exhibition in April.

    Posted by: Charlotte Parsons
    on 10-02-2017

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    Survey: Museums and Creative Industries

    What kind of collaborations exist between museums and creative industries throughout Europe? The 10 minute survey by NEMO's Working Group Museums and Creative Industry is open until 19 February 2017. https://webanketa.com/en/forms/64t3ae9q6wqk6s9pc8w64d9k/

    Posted by: Lucy Marder
    on 10-02-2017

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    Donation box needed

    The Cole Museum of Zoology would like to have a donation box. However looking online most of the commercial boxes seem to be very expensive. Does anyone have an old one that we could reuse and re-brand? thank you!

    Posted by: Amanda Callaghan
    on 31-01-2017

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    University of Portsmouth History Society - Cultural & Heritage Careers Fair

    Hello one and all!

    Working with the Mary Rose Museum, the University of Portsmouth History Society are running a Cultural & Heritage Careers Fair for students that are soon to Graduate. In order to get a broad range of information from across the various roles available in Culture & Heritage we're looking for recently graduated individuals who would be happy to attend and speak with students from across Hampshire about their experience in their fields.

    The Careers Fair is going to be held at the Mary Rose Museum, and will include free access to the Museum for the attendees.

    The event is scheduled for Wednesday 1st March 2017 between 14:00 and 16:00.

    If you're interested in attending, please contact both:
    a.watson@maryrose.org
    grace.weltch@myport.ac.uk

    Thanks!

    Posted by: Andy Watson
    on 27-01-2017

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    4 panels exhibition regarding the conservation issues of crested macaques (Macaca nigra),

    I am a research assistant and MRes student at the University of Portsmouth (Department of Psychology), and I am passionnate about outreach activities with the public. I have created a 4 panels exhibition regarding the conservation issues regarding the crested macaques (Macaca nigra), an endemic primates species of North Sulawesi, Indonesia, and how implemeting an education programme (Tangkoko Conservation Education, created in 2011) in this area can positively impact the local population to protect the macaques. I have already shown this exhibition at the University of Surrey and the Owl and Monkey Haven in the IoW last year). This exhibition is usually coupled with a presentation and movie, and a discussion about how us, as occidental people, we can do our bit to protect the environment.

    Posted by: Mathilde Chanvin
    on 18-11-2016

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    Vertical hanging plan chest

    Vertical Plan chest free as long as the recipient arranges removal from HMS Warrior It is a vertical hold chest and measures 76 cm wide, 41 cm in depth and 105cm high, its metal with a lid and is lockable. Please see internal photo attached.

    Posted by: Anna Bowman
    on 24-10-2016

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