The National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu has won the 2017 Collections Trust Award for its Keep CALM and STEAM Ahead project. The award recognises the achievements of those who manage museum collections – the teams who are often behind the scenes and whose work can go unnoticed.
This year the award celebrates projects that show what can be achieved when the governing body, staff and volunteers in a museum work collaboratively to tackle a collections management challenge. With the theme of Pulling Together, the award comes with a prize of £2,000 for the first time this year.
Generously funded by the Arts Council England Designation Development Fund, the Keep CALM project began in July 2016 and concludes in March 2018. It has provided a much-needed opportunity for the National Motor Museum to focus on aspects of stewardship, which had become a priority. Importantly, the project has been devised to create impact beyond collections management, providing new opportunities for people to engage with the collections, including activities for families, schools and colleges.
Keep CALM has extended the use of the museum’s CALM collections management system and supported review and research on under-used parts of the collections. Improved documentation has enhanced collaboration between collections and strengthened team-working. Unlocking information and encouraging working across departments is supporting the development of new initiatives for visitors to Beaulieu. The project is building on the Museum’s Education Service by generating new programmes linked to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in response to National Curriculum changes.
A creative take on STEAM has also been adopted, using the newly researched and recorded material to inspire a range of lively Automotive Steampunk-themed activities, which explore the collections in imaginative ways. Students from the Costume and Performance Design course at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) researched key cars and collections material to inspire the creation of nine Automotive Steampunk costumes. These striking costumes, which were on display in the museum until recently, have been viewed by thousands of visitors who were also able to dress up in Steampunk style with special clothing provided for photo opportunities. The project has also enabled the museum to make connections with the wonderfully creative Portsmouth And Southampton Time-travelling Steampunks (PASTS) group.
Andrea Bishop, Director of Collections at the National Motor Museum, said:
“The Keep CALM project has been aptly named, since it has challenged us to change the way we work and manage collections behind the scenes, standardising practice to improve exchange of ideas and information. We are now beginning to see the benefits of that legacy for our audiences and I am grateful to Arts Council England for having confidence in the value of this project for the museum and its users.”
To find out more about the Keep CALM and STEAM Ahead project, see http://www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/ACE_funding.
Consultation on Larger & Working Historic Objects Guidelines
ABTEM is please to announce that the draft of a new publication ‘Guidelines for the Care of Larger and Working Historic Objects’ is now available for comment. The document has been prepared on behalf of the Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums by the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC). The guidelines cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items.
The new Guidelines will be available in January 2018 and will be widely publicised and promoted, including through a programme of seminars in February and March.
The Guidelines will replace Standards, first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission, that have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike since they were first published in 1994.
The project is supported by a £47,645 grant from the Arts Council England through their Museum Resilience funding stream.
Contact Efstathios Tsolis of IRHC (email firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of the consultation document .
The deadline for this consultation is Friday 29th September 2017.
The Haynes International Motor Museum are offering a 1953 Bristol KSW6B Lowbridge bus for disposal through sale by tender:
First introduced in 1950 the KSW was developed from the ‘K’ chassis, with the other letters representing ‘S’ for short and ‘W’ for wide, to meet the newly permitted dimensions of 27′ x 8′. Its design incorporated a sunken aisle to one side of the upper deck in order to reduce its overall height, thus giving it the ‘Lowbridge’ name. Bristol and Gardner engines were available and classified as KSW6B and KSW6G respectively. Production commenced in 1950 and continued until 1957 by which time the revolutionary Bristol Lodekka made the design obsolete. This example was purchased new by Southern National and operated by them throughout its life. Only tenders from museums or relevant heritage groups will be considered.
For more information about the tender process, additional images or to arrange a viewing of the vehicle please contact Darren Hammond, Collections Director at email@example.com or call 01963 442781.
Closing date for enquiries: 31 August 2017
Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2017
16-18 November, Manchester
The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals. Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.
This year’s event to be held in Manchester is packed with content – including three fantastic themes on Audiences, Collections and Workforce. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally. Keynote speakers include Lemn Sissay, writer and broadcaster, Francesca Martinez, comedian and writer, Jeremy Deller, Turner Prize-winning artist and Jenny Waldman, director, 14-18 NOW.
There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events give you the opportunity to see The Whitworth Art Gallery, Museum of Science and Industry and network at People’s History Museum.
Look out for the Festival of Change, which offers a playful, creative physical presence throughout this year’s event, embodying the mission of Transformers, our workforce initiative to encourage radical change in museums.
The third day to conference this year is a chance to visit a range of museums and galleries in Manchester with a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries and cultural venues in the area, all included in the price.
Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.
Early bird booking ends on 16 August 2017. For more information and to book your place go to www.museumsassociation.org/conference
The National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu would have two items that they would like to offer for sale:
1928 Bayliss Thomas
Bayliss, Thomas & Co manufactured motorcycles under the Excelsior brand from 1896. Cars were built between 1922 and 1929 using the Bayliss-Thomas name to avoid confusion with the Belgian Excelsior car. This car was bought new by Walter Haward in 1928 and used regularly in trials events until 1956. It was modified extensively over the years and incorporates a 4-speed gearbox, shortened chassis, smaller wheels and lightweight aluminium bodywork on an ash frame.
1934 Hutchings Winchester Caravan in restorable condition.
The Winchester caravan was launched at the 1930 Motor Show by Bertram Hutchings Caravans Ltd of Winchester. The model popularised the streamlined caravan style which became favoured in the 1930s, succeeding the box-like cottage designs of the previous decade. Bertram Hutchings began building horse-drawn caravans in 1912 and by 1920 turned to manufacturing trailer caravans which were in growing demand from motorists. Winchester caravans were made to such a high standard that the company earned the title ‘The Rolls Royce of Caravans’.
If you would like more information about either object or would like to make an offer please contact Rebecca Town, Vehicle Documentation Assistant on 01590 614653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There is still time to book a place for our spring meeting ‘Overexposure – Caring for objects that have to stay outside’!
Our meeting, being held at Wheal Martyn Museum in Cornwall on Friday 16th June will have as its focus, the trails and tribulations of looking after museum exhibits that have to stay outside, and the issues in caring for and conserving them.
There is an interesting mix of speakers and there will be the chance to tour the museum.
The event is FREE and runs from 10.30am until 4pm
To book a place, please visit:
Deadline for final bookings: Thursday 16th June
For further information about the event, please contact Andy King (email@example.com)