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    Museum Mentor Available

    I have recently been approved as a Museum Mentor and would like to offer my services to any museum who think I could help. I have a mainly archaeological background and have good experience in developing collections management policies and procedures. If you are looking for a mentor then please get in touch so we can work out if I can offer the help you need. Rob (coafish@sussexpast.co.uk)

    Posted by: Rob Symmons
    on 14-10-2014

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    Do you charge for research??

    I have recently been in touch with a colleague who is trying to get a feel for whether museums charge for researchers to make use of their collections, and if so, how much do they charge. Please get in touch to let me know if you make this kind of charge (or not)? It would be useful to have some reliable information on the topic to inform a wider discussion. Please contact Rob on coafish@sussexpast.co.uk.

    Posted by: Rob Symmons
    on 07-10-2014

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    Recommendations for door locks needed.

    Fishbourne Roman Palace are exploring options for replacing our locks in our artefact store. We would like to use the type of system that is operated by swipe cards or similar (not keys or a number pad). Does anyone have any experience of this type of lock? Any information on good or bad makes or models would be much appreciated. Please contact Rob on coafish@sussexpast.co.uk

    Posted by: Rob Symmons
    on 07-10-2014

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    Recommendations- interpretation designers

    At Chiddingstone Castle we are giving some of our panels a face lift this winter. Have you worked with any local interpretation designers that you would recommend? Please contact me on curator@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

    Posted by: Maria Esain
    on 22-09-2014

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    Museum Vac needed for winter project

    We have just started cleaning the books in the Library and would benefit from having one more Museum Vac . If anyone would have one we could borrow for a few months that would be really appreciated. Please contact me on curator@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk or 01892 872747. Thank you

    Posted by: Maria Esain
    on 18-09-2014

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    Historian in Sussex

    Dear all I am a historian moving to Sussex in October. I wonder if anyone can advise how best to keep abreast of job opportunities in the wealth of museums and historical interest sites in the county? Is this the best place to do this? Any advice welcome, many thanks!

    Posted by: Ariane Galy
    on 28-08-2014

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    Office furniture to give away

    We have a surplus of good quality office furniture to give away for free. The list includes: 3 x large curved desks, various wood effect finishes 6 x small book cases 2 x meetings tables (6 to 8 people) 2 x 4 drawer filing cabinets, wood effect 3 x large bookcases 3 x two drawer filing cabinets 20 x moulded plastic, stackable chairs Most pieces are available now but one office suite will not be available until w/e 12 September. A few additional pieces, mainly small book shelves will become available in October. Photographs and dimensions available on request. Free to anyone who can collect. If you are interesyed contact Jo Bailey at jo.bailey@hants.gov.uk

    Posted by: Katerina Kremmida
    on 26-08-2014

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    Tatamis needed on loan for weekend of 4th October

    We are holding a Japanese Sword event (Token Taikai) at Chiddingstone Castle in October. Events will include demonstrations of sword polishing, lacing and handle wrapping. We would be most grateful if someone could lend us 3 tatamis (or as many as they can) for these demonstrations to be done in the traditional way. We will pick them up and return them of course.

    Posted by: Maria Esain
    on 07-08-2014

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    Esmee Fairbairn collections fund applicants - willing to share experiences?

    We have received a request from a museum in Sussex eager to chat to any colleagues who have applied (successfully or unsuccessfully) to the Esmee Fairbairn collections fund programme. If you are willing to share, please let me know & I will pass on your contact details to the enquirer. Many thanks, Chris Drake, MDO, Surrey, East & West Sussex.

    Posted by: Chris Drake
    on 25-07-2014

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    Local museum development project: advice please!

    Hello everyone

    We are a local museum in Hampshire who are hoping to expand into new premises. It would be very helpful to us if other museums who have redeveloped would be prepared to share their experiences with us. In particular, we would like to understand the impact of redevelopment on visitor numbers and revenue generation.

    Can anyone help us?

    Can anyone recommend a consultant with relevant experience?

    Thanks for your help.

    Posted by: Anne Miller
    on 07-07-2014

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    Increasing Donation Box Intake

    I am researching how to increase intake in museum donation boxes as part of my degree at Cambridge University. I am gathering data from museums to analyse, and I am happy to share what I learn with you.

    Are you willing to contribute data to the study? Please send:

    1.Name of Museum, a phone number and contact person

    2.Most recent one year of data available (by month if possible):

    a.Intake from donation boxes

    b.Number of visitors

    3.A museum floor plan with donation boxes marked (this can be a rough sketch if unavailable)

    4.Photo of boxes from each door to the room I will need data from as museums as possible in order to have an accurate analysis

    The attached flyer also lists the 4 items that I am collecting. The deadline for submission has been extended to 4 July.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/xytey2x0uosv7i8/Donation%20Box%20Study%20Flyer%20%282%29.pdf

    Please contact me if there is anything you would like to discuss. THANK YOU. I am looking forward to learning what this data has to tell us.

    Posted by: Jayne Franck
    on 27-06-2014

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    Increasing Donation Box Intake

    I am researching how to increase intake in museum donation boxes as part of my degree at Cambridge University. I am gathering data from museums to analyse, and I am happy to share what I learn with you.

    Are you willing to contribute data to the study?

    Please send:

    1. Name of Museum, a phone number and contact person
    2. Most recent one year of data available (by month if possible):
      1. Intake from donation boxes
      2. Number of visitors
    3. A museum floor plan with donation boxes marked (this can be a rough sketch if unavailable)
    4. Photo of boxes from each door to the room

    I will need data from as museums as possible in order to have an accurate analysis. The deadline for submission has been extended to 4 July. The attached flyer also lists the 4 items that I am collecting. https://www.dropbox.com/s/xytey2x0uosv7i8/Donation%20Box%20Study%20Flyer%20%282%29.pdf 

    Please contact me if there is anything you would like to discuss. jef56@cam.ac.uk

    THANK YOU.  I am looking forward to learning what this data has to tell us.

    Posted by: Jayne Franck
    on 27-06-2014

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    Effectiveness of Council for Learning outside the Classroom Quality Badge

    Could I ask if any other museums/galleries have applied for (and made use of) the LOtC council quality badge in relation to their venue's education programme? I have downloaded the self-assessment form and am going through the guidance notes presently, however this is a fairly comprehensive assessment and will be quite time consuming (as well as the cost implications). If anyone could advise on how effective they have found their partnership with the LOtC Council and whether the cost is justified I would greatly appreciate the advice.

    Posted by: Matt Stevens
    on 26-06-2014

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    Surplus Link 51 mobile racking

    The roller racking is by Rackline. The bays measure 8100mm long, there are 2nr back to back roller racking racks, totalling 4 lots of shelves, which provide a total of c. 200m of shelving. The maximum height of the shelving is 2800mm, with 3 differences in height (around existing ceiling mounted ductwork). This system comprises a false floor system over which the racking rolls, and the 50mm false floor height is included in the overall 2800mm height. There is another c. 40m of static racking of the same style.

    Please see photographs of the existing roller racking installation.

    Please feel free to contact me to discuss.

    Andrew Verner (023 8091 7955, andrew.verner@southampton.gov.uk)

    Posted by: sue woolgar
    on 25-06-2014

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    Terms of Reference

    The Trustees of Bishop's Waltham Museum would like to produce written "Terms of Reference" (TORs) for key positions in the museum. In particular for Archivist, Curator, Admin Officer, and Volunteer coordinator. Do any other (small) museums have such TORs already, that we might use as a starting format? It would be a great help not to have to start producing them from scratch.

    Posted by: Julian Malec (Trustee)
    on 20-06-2014

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    Seeking audio-visual artist/company recommendations

    The Oxfordshire Museums Service is looking for an artist or company to develop an artistic installation in a temporary exhibition, using audio-visual or other multi-sensory content. Does anyone have recommendations of people they have worked with or whose work they have seen in another venue? Much appreciated, Anna Griffiths, County Collections Project Officer

    Posted by: Anna Griffiths
    on 10-06-2014

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    Display Case available

    I have an Edmonds Case available to anyone who can take it away. 1600 x 600 x 1900mm. All four glass panels removeable. Internal lighting. For collection from the Booth Museum, Brighton

    Posted by: John Cooper
    on 04-06-2014

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    Protective glass on paintings

    Hi, we're considering adding a glass to some of the paintings on display as they are in a vulnerable position: entrance hall, rooms where events are held, etc. This would hopefully protect from air currents, temperature and humidity fluctuations, dust and light. Does anyone have experience of doing this?

    Posted by: Maria Esain
    on 04-06-2014

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    Forward Planning case study sought

    Did you find the experience of drawing up your Forward Plan empowering? Would you share your tips with colleagues? I am looking for a speaker to present a case study of their experience of forward planning at the Accreditation workshop in SeaCity on Monday 16th June. The presentation needn't last more than 20 minutes. Please get in touch for more information. Thanks, Vicky Dawson, SW Area Accreditation Technical Adviser

    Posted by: Vicky Dawson
    on 23-05-2014

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    CSI: Sittingbourne - Refining the Model

    We are hoping to identify a selection of objects and/or collections (archaeological/ethnographic) which would be suitable to conserve, with community volunteers, in our shopping mall conservation lab. Preference would be shown to museums in Kent/Medway, who can contribute something towards the materials and supervision costs, but this is not necessarily necessary. This is a 'first call-out' to see if there is interest from local museums to collaborate with our project, to 'refine the model'. CSI: Sittingbourne is the IIC Keck 2012 winner, co-awarded with the Acropolis Museum, Athens; it is now looking to assess the impacts of this type of community engagement with conservation and look at whether it might be successfully applied to other types of collections.

    Posted by: Dana Goodburn-Brown ACR
    on 23-05-2014

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    Photography Consent Forms

    Hi all, I'm looking for help from anyone regarding photography consent forms for photographing visitors attending events (so you can use them in future publicity/online/etc). I'd appreciate any guidance about the form itself, but particularly when you use it and when you don't. Do feel free to reply directly: louise.newell@wycombe.gov.uk Thanks in advance!

    Posted by: Louise Newell
    on 19-05-2014

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    HLF 'First World War : then and now' applications

    Do any SE museums have experience of making bids for grants from HLF First World War : then and now scheme? The Musuem of Army Chaplaincy is particulary interested in hearing about projects which involved the digisation of First World War documents and how this might be made accessible to the public. The Musuem of Army Chaplaincy doesn't have a website which capable of hosting online content.

    Posted by: David Blake
    on 08-05-2014

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    Charitable Incorporated Organisations CIOs

    The Museum of Army Chaplaincy are considering converting from an unincorporated charity to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Do any museums have any experience of the processes involved? (CIOs are a fairy new innovation) I am aware the the RGJ Musuem in Winchester have recently become a CIO. Any advice or tips on areas to consider would be welcome.

    Posted by: Mr David Blake
    on 08-05-2014

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    SW trains marketing contact please

    Our museum has been approached by an agent for SW trains to buy ad space at the local station. I am trying to contact someone directly at SW trains to see if we could get some free ad space rather than paying £300 plus. Does anyone know a good contact?

    Posted by: stephen Lowy
    on 06-05-2014

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    Two Horse Mannequins On Offer

    The Caravan Club offers a pair of life-sized fibreglass models of horses. The mannequins are in a fair condition however, would benefit from a clean and a touch up of paint in some areas after a few years in storage. Interested parties should be responsible for the collection of the models from Bordon, Hampshire.

    Posted by: Angela Cox
    on 02-05-2014

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