Scrap Metal and How to Avoid it!
An Introduction to Caring for Industrial and Transport Collections
Thursday 16th March 2017
Supported by Arts Council Museum Resilience funding, the British Motor Museum is running a study day for museum professionals and volunteers caring for industrial and transport collections. The course will cover issues around collecting, conservation and storage and is the first of a series of events run by the Museum.
The event is suitable for those new to the industrial and transport sector or those with limited experience of working with industrial and transport collections and will include practical exercises and discussion. The study day is a free event and runs from 10.30pm to 4.30pm at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire.
Refreshments will be provided and bursaries are also available for the event covering travel costs for delegates attending the event.
Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment as places for the study day are strictly limited.
To book a place, please contact:
Julie Tant, Resilience project coordinator
Tel: (01926) 927840
Over 70 people attended our autumn event held at the Dana Centre at the Science Museum in London.
Titled the ‘Death of the Machine’, the meeting debated some of the issues surrounding the continuing success of museums with collections of machinery and how they might be sustained in the future.
As well as thought-provoking presentations from Oliver Green, Ben Russell, Laura Musgrave and Daniel Martin, there was also a lively debate discussing some of the issues raised in the meeting!
Thanks are due to the Science Museum for their support and to Lee Hutchinson for his help in organising the event.
ABTEM are also supporting another seminar at the National Waterways Museum on the 7th December – details to be posted shortly!
Supported by Arts Council England (ACE) Subject Specialist Network (SSN) funding, ABTEM has recently commissioned museum consultant Rob Shorland-Ball to carry out a Scoping Study on the feasibility of developing and updating the MGC 1994 Standard 4: Standards in the Museum Care of Larger & Working Objects.
Many people will know, or have used these standards, which provided advice and information on the management and conservation of industrial, transport and engineering collections and despite being long out of print, they remain an important source of information. The original 1994 document was augmented by the 1997 ‘Larger & Working Objects: A Guide to their preservation and care’ also published by MGC also now not available in print. The Collections Trust published Larger & Working Objects: a guide to standards in their preservation and care in 2009 but that, too, is now out-of-date and neither it, nor MGC Standard 4, was very user-friendly for private collectors, preservers and operators of larger objects.
ABTEM is keen to obtain the views of as many people as possible and so are organising two open discussion meetings to gain further feedback. These are being held on:
- Tuesday 19 May, Museum of Liverpool – afternoon 13.30 – 16.00
- Wednesday 27 May, London Museum of Water & Steam – afternoon 13.30 – 16.00
All are welcome at these free events – if you would like to attend, please contact Rob Shorland-Ball for further details at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on (01904) 632751