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Revolution: Protecting and Understanding Industrial Archaeology

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APPG_IH_ReportMay18Industrial archaeology remains the gawky and introverted teenager of the archaeological world – at least in the UK. In Britain it often feels like industrial archaeology (and its sibling Post-medieval Archaeology) is in equal measure misunderstood, ignored or looked-down upon by the academic world. It’s been left to voluntary societies, the profession, local authorities and some of the statutory heritage bodies (supported by a handful of pioneering academics) to explore, save, and understand Britain’s globally important industrial archaeology.

The popular image is dominated by evocative and massive sites, from bottle kilns and coal mines to railway stations and textile mills. But that is to overlook the archaeology of consumption and mass production, from ceramics to fabrics, and to turn a blind eye to Britain’s controversial role in the slave trade, the development of empire, and globalisation, which are all bound up in the industrialisation process. There’s no doubting, though, that…

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Interpreting Horse-Drawn Carriages in Museum Collections – New Guidance

Horse-drawn carriages are found in museum collections across the country. As moving objects in static displays they are often difficult to interpret. This new guide brings together best practice in the interpretation of carriages to help museums bring them to life.

The new guide was written by museum interpretation consultant Steve Slack, in collaboration with professionals from across the museum sector working with carriage collections. More information can be found at a new website that provides further information and resources.

This guide was commissioned by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage and funded by Arts Council England and complements ABTEM’s newly published Guidelines for the Care and Operation of Larger & Working Historic Objects. 

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Curatorial vacancy at the Black County Living Museum

Details of a vacancy at the Black County Living Museum

Curator (Industry & Transport): Job Share: 15 hours per week

Salary: circa £25,000 per annum (pro rata)

 The Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) is looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to curate our designated industry and transport collections. With a background in an established museum or heritage environment, you will be instrumental in enhancing and developing our visitor experience as well as maintaining optimum curatorial standards in collections management and care.  To complement our existing team, you should have a strong background in industrial history or industrial collections.

The Postholder will work within the Collections Team, supported by dedicated volunteers, and expected to provide support and advice to colleagues across that organisation. There are a number of funded activities, including the delivery of industrial elements of BCLM: Forging Ahead, for the Curator to take the lead on.  Evidence of previous successful museum project management is essential.  Experience of working in an open-air museum or with operational industrial exhibits is desirable.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Jonathan Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive (Collections, Learning and Research), Jonathan.Wilson@bclm.com .

For a job description and details of how to apply, please visit http://www.bclm.co.uk/about/jobs-at-the-museum/4.htm

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ABTEM GUIDELINES PUBLISHED!

The Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) are proud to announce that the ‘Guidelines for the Care and Operation of Larger and Working Historic Objects’ will be launched at a special event at the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry on Thursday 15th February 2018.

The event marks the culmination of a four-year project to produce new guidelines for museums, volunteer groups and private collectors with larger and working objects. The guidelines will cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items.

The new document will update and complement standards first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission first published in 1994 that have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike but after two decades of experience needed updating.

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The Guidelines are the result of considerable consultation and collaboration with the sector both through a scoping study undertaken by consultant Rob Shorland-Ball in 2015 and the work with others in the transport and industrial heritage world as the final document was produced by the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC) in 2017.

Information about the project, and also about seminars being run to publicise the new document can be found at http://www.abtemguidelines.org

The Guidelines are available in a number of formats:

A hard copy version produced in conjunction with the Collections Trust at a cost of £24.99 + postage. Copies can be ordered by visiting:

http://www.collectionstrust.org.uk/product/guidelines-for-the-care-of-larger-and-working-historic-objects

There is also a ‘Flipbook’ format book that can be viewed free of charge at:

http://online.fliphtml5.com/wffb/bclk/

A free downloadable PDF file (6.6mb) is available from www.abtemguidelines.org

 

 

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

AIM Launches New Website For The UK Museum And Heritage Sector

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has just launched its new website with free resources and publications, a section for heritage trustees and event listings. The website includes AIM’s own online content combined with new and useful sections such as case studies from UK museums and heritage sector news and has been designed to be viewable on mobile phones and tablets so you can stay in touch with AIM on the move. It can be found at

www.aim-museums.co.uk

AIM’s website has long been a valuable hub of information for the museum sector, but the new version has been designed to make AIM updates and resources much easier to find by bringing together resources on similar topics in the same pages. The Latest News section which will cover hot topics, grants, jobs and events from across the sector to help keep AIM members and other heritage organisations updated on the latest…

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Want to work differently? A grant from the AIM Hallmarks Awards can help you

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

Now open for applications, the latest round of the  AIM Hallmarks Awards will make grants totalling around £70,000 in England and just over £20,000 in Wales.

Funded by Arts Council England and supported by Welsh Government, the AIM Hallmarks Awards offer grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to help AIM member museums and heritage sites to begin to use the principles in the AIM Hallmarks to improve the way they work.

So, what type of project has been previously funded and how can you ensure you are successful? We talked to Catherine Allan, Chair of Trustees and Co Director from Rhayader Museum & Gallery in Wales who were successful in Round 2 to see how the Awards have benefited them – and what tips they could share to help your application.

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AIM:Hi Catherine, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Can you explain why you decided to…

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