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    Fire Warden Training - any interest?

    Hi, We are thinking about organising some fire warden training. It would be delivered by the trading arm of Hampshire Fire and Rescue at our museum (Bursledon Brickworks in Swanwick, between Southampton and Fareham). There can be up to 12 delegates but we don't need that many spaces so we are interested to hear from any other museums who would like to share! It would work out at £48 per person, provided we can get 12 people. We would organise it to take place over the summer, probably on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Please let me know if you are interested. Many thanks

    Posted by: Mary Flinn
    on 19-05-2015

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    Reaper-Binder Canvases Looking for New Home

    We have about 10 canvases for a reaper-binder machine (which we don't unfortunately have!). So we are now looking for anyone with a reaper-binder machine who would like to have the canvasses as part of their collection. If you know of anyone please let us know, or pass the word along. Thanks Neil Neil Aplin Trustee White Mill Rural Heritage Centre The Causeway Ash Road Sandwich Kent CT13 9JB 07900 531284 neil@latitude28.co.uk www.whitemillheritagecentre.org.uk www.facebook.com/whitemillruralheritagecentre www.twitter.com/whitemillmuseum www.flickr.com/photos/whitemillheritagecentre

    Posted by: Neil Aplin
    on 13-05-2015

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    We are a heritage centre and Music Hall on the Isle of Sheppey and have just taken on another building which is 4 miles away. We are in need of display cases as he new centre is all about aviation and we need to house models of planes. We have also been donated several large models of ships as our main centre is about the maritime heritage of the island. Has anyone any experience of having purpose built display cases that we could put these in.

    Posted by: Jenny Hurkett
    on 25-04-2015

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    Maintenance and repairs to Military Guns

    Does anyone have any advice or knowledge of kent based companies experienced in the repair and maintenance of de-comissioned large guns (anti-aircraft ww2, field guns) Any help greatly appreciated

    Posted by: Lyndsey
    on 24-04-2015

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    Disposal of very large and heavy glass display case

    We have permission to dispose of the glass display case which originally held our Queen Mary ship model. It is very large: 6930 x 1290 x 2010 mm, and weighs approx 1500Kg. It is currently crated up for removal. As the glass does not meet current H&S standards, we accept that we will probably have to arrange commercial disposal, so I would be grateful if anyone knows of a firm who could carry this out. However, if anyone would like it for any other purpose, please let me know.

    Posted by: Karen Wardley
    on 24-04-2015

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    Display Cases Urgently Needed

    The Pompey Pals Project (registered charity 1159596) urgently requires display cases to display WW1 artefacts we are able to collect all sizes considered. Please contact bobbeech@pompeypals.org.uk or chrispennycook@pompeypals.org.uk

    Posted by: Bob Beech
    on 14-04-2015

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    Environmental monitoring equipment advice please

    I am looking to buy some equipment to monitor the temperature and RH at our museum and would love to know what similiar institutions use. We are a Victorian brickworks so the buildings are basic (damp) and large. We are predominantly volunteer staffed so we're looking for something that requires minimal training to operate successfully as people come and go. Also, our budget is small! We are looking at options from Preservation Equipment, Maplins and Pets At Home, including hand-held spot monitors and multiple monitors kept in-situ. Any advice and experience would be gratefully received.

    Posted by: Mary Flinn
    on 31-03-2015

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    1960s Kitchen Display

    The Southwick Society are putting on an exhibition about Sixties Southwick in the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre. As part of this we are recreating a 1960s kitchen and are looking to borrow a suitable period kitchen cupboard or display case. Also period items such as cereal packaging or electrical gadgets.

    Posted by: Mary
    on 31-03-2015

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    Tips on running Museums at Night events

    If your museum would like to discuss how best to plan and market events as part of the Museums at Night festival (13-16 May and 30-31 October 2015) please give me a call at any time! I'm the Campaigns Officer here at Culture24 and I should be able to give you some guidance and point you in the direction of helpful resources, partnership offers or case studies. My direct line is 01273 623336 - looking forward to talking to you.

    Posted by: Rosie Clarke
    on 27-03-2015

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    Tools of the Trade training films

    Hello With funding from Arts Council England, the Social History Curators Group have produced a series of films to help you identify tools in your collection. The experts in these films pick out some of the most commonly found tools, explain what they are and give a practical demonstration of how they were used. They can be viewed here http://shcg.org.uk/films Please tell us what you think about the Tools of the Trade films. To be included in the formal evaluation, please complete this form by 13 March 2015. I've invited you to fill out the form Tools of the Trade Feedback - museum professionals. To fill it out, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rNvC-1AXvl7MBMQ1QXhKdN2nH2-ilegqH8acrSsb3Yk/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link Thank you

    Posted by: Nicky McIntosh
    on 26-02-2015

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    OCR of magazines

    Greetings from The Hockey Museum in Woking. We are a young museum & are trying to record & preserve the history & heritage of hockey. Key among our requirements is our ability to answer enquiries. We have a century's worth of women's & men's hockey magazines which were produced weekly for at least the first 50 years of the 20th century so we have a lot of them! How do we access the information quickly? Is OCR the only way or best way to achieve this? If you have any comments or experience in this area I would be really grateful to hear from you.

    Posted by: Mike Smith
    on 22-02-2015

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    Display Case

    Display Case available for immediate collection from Totton & Eling Heritage Centre, dimensions 160 x 73 x 50. If you are interested please contact Helen Robinson on 023 80 424006 or Helen.robinson@totton-and-eling-tc.gov.uk

    Posted by: Helen Rooinson
    on 17-02-2015

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    Can we take a look at your Business Plan please?

    We'd be grateful to look at an example of another museum's business plan, to aid us in developing ours.

    Posted by: Katy Ball
    on 11-02-2015

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    Glow in the dark markers or labels

    Can anyone suggest a source of 'glow in the dark' markers/labels to mark objects on emergency service grab list?

    Posted by: Katy Ball
    on 11-02-2015

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    How does Twitter work?

    Could someone explain or recommend a good source of information about Twitter, how it works and the language to use?

    Posted by: Di Budden
    on 11-02-2015

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    Network for Personal Assistants and Administrative Support

    Dear Colleagues, My name is Ellie de Beer. I have worked as a Personal Assistant to Andrea Bishop, our Director of Collections here at the National Motor Musuem Trust at Beaulieu for 9 months. As part of my appraisal, I presented Andrea with the idea of me setting up and participating in a network to include other PA and Administrative Support Colleagues from other Museums. I strongly believe that being part of a network of like minded professionals would provide a catalyst for sharing experiences, ideas and new ways of thinking; thus developing our own knowledge and skills base, our confidence and our effectiveness at being PA's/Office Administrators - roles which I hasten to add are largely overlooked but are key to organisational success within Museum settings. I am consequently looking for other PA's/Administrative personnel from a Museum environment to network with. This can begin with organising a meeting or through teleconference. As a next step, we could put the group forward as a Peer Developement Group topic for next year, to get the same support package as other existing PDGs. Let me know what you think! Best Wishes, Ellie de Beer PA to Director of Collections, National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu, 01590 614 673 ellie.debeer@beaulieu.co.uk

    Posted by: ELLIE DE BEER
    on 10-02-2015

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    Jigsaw of Africa

    We have a table top jigsaw puzzle of Africa - free for anyone to have. Collection only from the Powell-Cotton Museum, Birchington-On-Sea. Dimensions : 117cm deep x 87cm wide x 51cm tall. Please contact Abby or Claire - shop@quexmuseum.org / 01843 842168

    Posted by: Abby Wise
    on 04-02-2015

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    German oral historian seeks British WWII veterans

    Project in Bremen, Germany, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, seeks WWII British veterans involved in the liberation of Bremen in April 1945. Also looking for any related documentary and archival material like letters, pictures, biographies, newspaper articles. Regiments involved were: the 51st Highland Division, the 52nd Lowland Division, the 43rd Wessex Division and the 53rd Welsh Division, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Regiments. Thank you.

    Posted by: Padmini Broomfield
    on 03-02-2015

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    Microfiche reader offer

    A microfiche reader is available for anyone who can collect from Angmering. Last time out it worked. John.d.french@tesco.net

    Posted by: John French
    on 02-02-2015

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    Large Display Cabinets

    Three cabinets available. They measure 72" high, by 79" wide and 27" deep. (Two are on the sixth floor of a watermill and recipient will have to dismantle and transport). Crabble Corn Mill, River, Dover. 01304 823292

    Posted by: Caroline Fox Betts
    on 02-02-2015

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    Exhibition and Project Planning help offered

    I am a retired project manager and have considerable experience in training project management skills. If you would like help scoping out your exhibition or event and developing a project plan please let me know. I can run training day for teams or provided one to one help to an individual. Please contact me for more information or to discuss.

    Posted by: Jenny Crawford
    on 25-01-2015

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    Museum mentoring...

    Hi I am taking the first steps into the world of Museum Mentoring and wondered if there were any museums in the south-east currently looking for a mentor, or who may be interested in a mentor in the near future? I would be looking to support museums in their journey towards accreditation or in supporting a museum making their accreditation return (particularly those looking at meeting the requirements of the updated standard in their next return). My particular skills are in the area of collections management and governance, and in policy and procedural development. I live in Hampshire and work in London and would be available for meetings and email/phone contact over weekends and at pre-planned times during the week. I have worked in both local authority museums in charitable trusts, and am currently the Collections Manager for the Society of Antiquaries of London (www.sal.org.uk), managing a mixed collection of art and archaeology. My particular skills are in the care of archaeological and art collections, and archaeological deposition, as well as in strategic forward planning, collections care and in the coordination of research interests to promote collections(pimping out our portrait of Richard III being the most recent example)! Please do get in touch if you are interested - I am happy to provide a CV.

    Posted by: Anooshka Rawden
    on 20-01-2015

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    Experienced History teacher offers Roadshow / Presentations on an array of topics

    I am a teacher of some 36 years experience in teaching History and am the founder of a World War 1 Museum at my school that currently has an extensive and highly acclaimed collection of artefacts relating to the experience of men on the Western Front. I also have a significant interest in a range of other topics which I am happy to present on. As a Longbow archer in my spare time, I have a profound interest in that which may well be of use to organisations who are doing something to mark the centenary of Agincourt. In much the same way, I am happy to present a talk on the Battle of Waterloo, which also celebrates its centenary. Our Museum at school also has an extensive array of artefacts relating to the period of the Viking attacks on Wessex....that too is something I would be happy to share. At present,I live fairly centrally,in the Romsey area of Hampshire. Stephen Whelan Head of History St Edward's School

    Posted by: Stephen Whelan
    on 06-01-2015

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    Exhibition equipment needed

    Does anyone have any of the below items which they may be able to loan from March 2015- beginning Nov 2015 for an exhibition at Danson House in London Borough of Bexley?

    A secure de-mountable display case H 190 cm x W160 cm x D 260 cm?

    A Perspex box 148 cm X 148 cm for display purposes to attach to a padded backboard (padded backboard not needed)? It is to display a shawl.

    Any joining rails (1 pair double length joining rails and 2 pairs single length joining rails) for Click Netherfield/ Tess Evolution 1 display cases?

    A hat stand or suitable display plinth for a hat to go inside a display case?

    Posted by: Kirsty Macklen
    on 19-12-2014

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    Glass display case

    Sevenoaks Library has a glass display cases to give away. It is around 1m 80cm high and 40 cm wide. If interested, please contact Janet Davies or Phil Hodkisson as soon as possible at Sevenoaks Library, on 01732 585300. Janet can also be emailed at janet.davies@kent.gov.uk

    Posted by: Carol Griffiths
    on 17-12-2014

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