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    Shop Display

    Large Shop display available, has shop door, window and space inside for internal display. Can be removed from Totton & Eling Heritage Centre in January, must have own transportation. If you are interested contact Helen Robinson on 023 80 424006 or helen.robinson@totton-and-eling-tc.gov.uk for more info and pics

    Posted by: Helen Robinson
    on 03-12-2014

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    Cottage Display

    Cottage museum display available, with 'most' of the items shown in the picture (however, some may belong to Totton & Eling Historical Society) including the range. You would need to arrange your own transportation and this could be removed some time in January. If you are interested contact Helen Robinson on 023 80 424006 or helen.robinson@totton-and-eling-tc.gov.uk for more photos and info

    Posted by: Helen Robinson
    on 03-12-2014

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    Shipbuilding Display

    Large Shipbuilding Display available, currently on display at Totton & Eling Heritage Centre dimensions 11ft x 9ft x 5ft 6", must be able to collect using own transport, can be collected anytime in January. Contact Helen Robinson on 023 80 424006 or helen.robinson@totton-and-eling-tc.gov.uk

    Posted by: Helen Robinson
    on 03-12-2014

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    Cases needed

    Oxfordshire Museum Service (OMS) is planning a project with the residents of Faringdon for 2015. Faringdon town has no museum of its own, but the residents have come up with a great idea for a project, which is to place cases of objects around the town in local businesses, such as shops and cafes. The material in the cases will either relate to the precise location of the case, such as archaeological material excavated within a few metres of the case's location, or material relevant to the business in which the case is placed, such as a typology of blades, from palaeolithic handaxes through to stanley knives, in the hardware shop. The pilot project will run for 2-3 months, after which the town will use it as a basis on which to make a bid for funding to continue via HLF or elsewhere. The project already has the support of the town council and many local businesses. What we need to find is 6-8 suitable museum cases which can be loaned for the duration of the pilot. We can collect.

    Posted by: David Moon
    on 21-11-2014

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    What's bugging me?

    Hi All Further to the post from Southampton below, can anyone suggest publications or guides that will help me identify insects (pest and non-pest species) caught on our pest monitors? Thanks!

    Posted by: Rob Symmons
    on 19-11-2014

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    BSL/ Visually Descriptive Tours

    I am looking to run some BSL and Visually Descriptive Tours here at Stowe House. I was wondering whether other museums employ outside organisations to deliver these or are they delivered by current staff? Does anyone have any recommendations of organisations who deliver these? Thank you in advance

    Posted by: Ruth Peters
    on 16-11-2014

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    Whitehawk Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure

    Have any museums got any material from Whitehawk (excavations in 1929, 1933 and 1935) in their collections ? If so - could they contact me - Andy Maxted at Brighton Museum. Many thanks, Andy

    Posted by: Andy Maxted
    on 03-11-2014

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    First World War Replica Trench

    Hello All, At Slough Museum we are just coming to the end of a WWI project part of which has involved working with secondary school students to create an exhibition. The exhibition they created took the form of a first world war replica trench built by one of the museum's amazing volunteers. It is currently on display at the school until December this year however after that we won't have room to store it. If anybody might have any use for it then they are welcome to it, as it would be a shame to have to destroy it! The trench is in 3 sections and each section is roughly 8ft long and it fits together in a zig zag shape so the entire length is roughly 16ft long and 8ft wide when the structure is all assembled. If anybody is interested then please feel free to contact me directly on charlottesloughmuseum@gmail.com and I can give you some information. Thanks, Charlotte

    Posted by: Charlotte Williams
    on 31-10-2014

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    79 x Frames Available

    Hello. 79 frames are available and ready for collection from the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. The frames' external measurements are 454mm x 608mm. The inner measurements are 405mm x 558mm. The frames are made of wood and gold in colour, with board backing and non-UV glass. The frames have wall fixings attached, which could be removed. There are no tabs to hold the backing board in place, so nails or a tab driver would be required to enable these frames to be used. The frames are free, and to be collected from Maidstone. Please feel free to get in contact with any other questions.

    Posted by: M Bristow
    on 27-10-2014

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    Pest management training needed

    Collections team at Southampton have identified need for some basic training in ID of and dealing with pests, particularly those found on paper-based materials, books and photographs. Can anyone suggest a trainer who could deliver an in-house workshop for us, preferably practical and hands-on? Thanks!

    Posted by: Karen Wardley
    on 24-10-2014

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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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