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Larger & Working Historic Objects Guidelines – Draft now available for consultation

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 tsolis@efstathios.co.uk) for a copy of the consultation document .

The deadline for this consultation is Friday 29th September 2017.

 

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1953 Bristol Bus for disposal

The Haynes International Motor Museum are offering a 1953 Bristol KSW6B Lowbridge bus for disposal through sale by tender:

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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 darren.hammond@himm.co.uk  or call 01963 442781.

Closing date for enquiries: 31 August 2017

Museums Association Conference programme announced

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

 

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National Motor Museum – Items for disposal

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.

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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 rebecca.town@beaulieu.co.uk

One Week to our Spring Seminar!

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.

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The event is FREE and runs from 10.30am until 4pm

To book a place, please visit: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-spring-seminar-overexposure-caring-for-objects-that-have-to-stay-outside-tickets-33816141991

Deadline for final bookings: Thursday 16th June

For further information about the event, please contact Andy King (andy.king@bristol.gov.uk)

TWO WEEKS TO OUR LATE SPRING SEMINAR!

If you’ve not booked a place on our Spring seminar  ‘Overexposure – Caring for objects that have to stay outside’ there is still time!

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.

arial-wheal-martyn-china-clay-museum-cornwall

The event is FREE and runs from 10.30am until 4pm

To book a place, please visit: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-spring-seminar-overexposure-caring-for-objects-that-have-to-stay-outside-tickets-33816141991

For further information about the event, pleasecontact Andy King (andy.king@bristol.gov.uk)

 

 

VACANCY FOR MUSEUM MENTOR AT SANDTOFT

The leading independent museum for trolleybuses is seeking to replace their Museum Mentor who is due to retire from this role in late May 2017.  The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft holds the largest collection of historic trolleybuses in the world and has been Registered and subsequently Accredited for many years. It is run entirely by enthusiastic volunteers, but also occasionally uses outside contractors, when necessary.

An operational Museum, rather than ‘glass case’ style, it attracts a number of unique challenges. Established in 1969, the Museum has been successfully expanding at a steady rate, but is now in the midst of a substantial development and expansion programme.

The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft is well connected within the transport community and has several associations to other related Museums and organisations.  The museum is based in North Lincolnshire, close to the M180 and just 10 miles from Doncaster

Do you think you can assist the Museum?

We are looking for:

  • an experienced and dynamic museum professional who can both advise and support us in regard to museum professional standards
  • someone who would enjoy working alongside such an extensive and unique collection
  • a working knowledge of the Transport sector or industrial collections would be useful, but not essential.

Further details about the criteria for a Museum mentor can be located at:

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/accreditation-scheme/support-and-advice

Please send your CV and a covering letter or email to:
Bruce Lake
Company Secretary
The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft- (www.sandtoft.org.uk)

Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster,  DN8 5SX

Or:  BruceLake@sandtoft.org

If you would like to find out more or would prefer an informal chat beforehand please contact Bruce Lake on 07788 642799. Note not always immediately available by phone due to working in current public transport, so an initial email or text to set up a conversation would be appropriate.

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