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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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    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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    Flyer Rack

    Hi Everyone, We have a 5 tier flyer rack available for free if anyone would like it. Collection only from the Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Birchington-On-Sea. Dimensions : 19" wide x 24" tall x 11" deep. Please contact Abby - shop@quexmuseum.org / 01843 842168

    Posted by: Abby Wise
    on 18-10-2016

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    Introducing the Winchester AMA Support Group

    Hello All, As some of you may know, Winchester Military Museum's is a group of six regimental museums located in Peninsula Barracks, near the train station. With so many museums on site, and a few of the staff either currently undertaking our AMA's or about to embark on this journey, we thought it would be an idea to create a support group. We are aware other support groups already established, but with most of us commuting from far and wide, we wanted to offer an alternative group, that was centrally located for us. We have recently established a link to the Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire Support Group, and hope to share updates and news from their group and the Museums Association, and vice versa. If you are thinking of, or currently, undertaking your AMA, then feel free to pop along and join us for one of our meetings. We meet on a monthly basis, usually the first Wednesday of the month @ 2pm, in the AGC Museum. (This is subject to change, so please check the date of our next meeting.) If you are interested in joining us or want to find out more about the AMA from people who have already signed up, please email Evie Collins assistantcurator@the-rifles.co.uk I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully meeting you soon! Evie

    Posted by: Evie Collins
    on 29-09-2016

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    Trying a mobile app at outdoor cultural heritage sites

    Hello, I'm a PhD student in the school of computing/ the university of Portsmouth. I'm doing a research on using mobile technology for learning from cultural heritage sites. I have developed a mobile app based on my research to be used at outdoor cultural heritage sites, I would like to run an evaluation session with experts of cultural heritage to try my app out. my application is a location-based service, which pushes a notification when be close to an attraction. I was wondering if you could help me with this please? thank you very much, looking forward to hear from you.

    Posted by: Alaa Alkhafaji
    on 27-09-2016

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    Canterbury Museums and Galleries - items for disposal

    Canterbury Museums and Galleries are undertaking a Collections Review and have identified a number of items for disposal that do not fit our Collecting Remit. The items are mainly Social History, such as packaging, tools, appliances etc. If you think you might be interested in acquiring any of these items and would like more details please email the Collections Manager, Craig Bowen.

    Posted by: Craig Bowen
    on 19-09-2016

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    Volunteering Dissertation

    Hello I am a Geography undergraduate student at the University of Exeter and I am trying to gather some data for my dissertation. I am looking at volunteering, with specific reference to the heritage sector. I would like to get as many viewpoints as possible on the topic, so I have created an online survey with Survey Monkey. It is very short and gives me an idea about why people choose to volunteer. Here is the link - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M3F6L5B - please fill it out if you have the time. Thank you!

    Posted by: Katie
    on 31-08-2016

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    Hand Cranked Sheep Shearing Machine

    A member of the public is looking for a good home for the above object. It was used on a farm in the Horsham area over 40 years ago. The cast iron stand comes in three parts and it all fits into a box. The owner is willing to deliver it to your museum. Contact is Ron Lainchbury . Email: ronandlyn41@gmail.com

    Posted by: Alan Barwick
    on 31-08-2016

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    High Quality Mobile Racking Needs Good Home

    Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (at Wakehurst Place, nr. Haywards Heath) needs to urgently clear 16.5 bays of high quality mobile racking, originally installed by ‘Britannia Storage Solutions’ 10 years ago.

    • 15 double sided mobile carriages, 6 metres long (6 x 1 metre bays) and 6.03 metres wide.
    • Height including carriage 3.45 metres. Top 0.66 metre is removable.
    • 13 shelves (height adjustable).
    • Width of each carriage 1.05 metres
    • Depth of shelf 0.5 metre, width of shelf 1 metre.
    • Raised floor system with flush rails and flush drive chain.
    • 1.5 static units, with the same format as above.
    • One set of lockable steps included.

    All units in A1 condition, even when fully loaded very easy to move. Please reply to this post and I can send details for the contact at Kew and a second photograph.

    Posted by: Rowan Wallis
    on 23-08-2016

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    Objects Available

    The Eling Experience has a number of objects to transfer to another heritage organisation/museum: Co-op scales, G A Wedderburn (Southampton) scales, 2 x balance scales (in need of some tlc), Ceramic slipper bed pan, Ceramic wash bowl, Flat iron, Shop door bell, Model ship. Photos of all items are available - please contact Ruth Kerr ruth.kerr@elingexperience.co.uk

    Posted by: Ruth Kerr
    on 22-08-2016

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    Adding LED lighting to old wooden cases

    Does anyone have experience of re-lighting an old case with LED or fibre optic lighting? I wondered if we could just buy a strip on the internet and have a competent electrician to fit it in or is there more to it?

    Posted by: Maria Esain
    on 17-08-2016

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    Anyone else experiencing moth problems?

    Hello, We have recently found clothes moths in some of our historic rooms and in the store rooms. I would be interested to know if anyone else is having the same problem or has dealt with this in the past and some advice. Thank you.

    Posted by: Maria Esain
    on 27-07-2016

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    Animal Fur/Skins wanted

    Hello, We are trying to source some duplicate animal furs/skins for outreach sessions. If anyone can help with where to source these items or any museums are deaccessioning any, please do let me know. Thank you.

    Posted by: Rebecca Gazey
    on 18-07-2016

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    Looking for a display case

    We are looking for a display case that allows the display of small to medium sized objects, either a vertical one or, preferably, a deep table top case. We aim to have a small (supervised) display in a new welcoming area at the local railway station that would give a taster of local history and draw people to the museum and gallery.

    Posted by: Kathrin Pieren
    on 28-06-2016

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