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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)

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FINAL PROGRAMME FOR ABTEM SPRING SEMINAR ANNOUNCED

Final details of ABTEM’s spring meeting to be held on 16th June at Wheal Martyn in Cornwall have been announced. 

“Overexposure: Caring for Objects that have to stay Outside” will deal with the trials and tribulations of looking after large objects and pieces of machinery that museums cannot keep under cover.

Speakers include: David Eveleigh, Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Dave Morris, Fleet Air Arms Museum, Peter Bannister, Wheal Martyn and Kevin Baker from the King Edward Mine Camborne.

Helen Ashby from consultants IRHC will also give an update on our Arts Council-funded project to produce new guidelines for the care and operation of larger and working objects.

The event runs from 10.00 to 16.00 – places are limited to 40, so early booking is recommended.

For the full programme and 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

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SAVE THE DATE: ABTEM LATE SPRING SEMINAR ANNOUNCED

The next ABTEM seminar will be held at the Wheal Martyn Museum, Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall, on Friday 16 June.

 The seminar is titled ‘Overexposure – Caring for objects that have to stay outside’ and will deal with the trials and tribulations of looking after objects that sit outside museums

Full details and list of speakers will follow shortly, but there will be plenty of opportunity to network and exchange ideas and strategies, and to catch up on the progress with the Arts Council-funded revision of the Standards in the Museum Care of Larger and Working Objects project being undertaken by ABTEM and consultants IRHC.

The day will also include a Guided tour of Wheal Martyn.

Why not make a weekend of it?

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Industrial & Transport Collections Study Day at British Motor Museum

Scrap Metal and How to Avoid it!

 An Introduction to Caring for Industrial and Transport Collections

 Thursday 16th March 2017

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 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

E-mail: Julie.tant@britishmotormuseum.co.uk

 

All in the Same Boat: Sustainable Large Object Collections – Date of new ABTEM Seminar announced!

Following the success of the ABTEM autumn seminar, we are pleased to be supporting the National Waterways Museum in running an additional meeting on 7th December 2016 at Ellesmere Port.

Using the Canal & River Trust boat collection as a case study the day will focus on the realities and challenges of managing large object collections for the long term. Caring for large, industrial and operational objects in museum collections presents unique challenges and none more than boats in water.

Although the focus of the meeting will naturally be on boat collections, the day will be of interest to anyone facing challenges of managing large and working objects. It will look at approaches to conservation and how to decide which route to take. It will also be applicable to anyone who has to deal with the over-enthusiastic collecting of previous curators, and approaches to reviewing and rationalising collections that have become unsustainable.

To find out more, and book a place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/all-in-the-same-boat-sustainable-large-object-collections-tickets-29079402275

 

ABTEM TO UNDERTAKE SCOPING WORK TO UPDATE MGC STANDARDS

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:  robsb@wfmyork.demon.co.uk or by telephone on (01904) 632751

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AIM Member Workshops: An introduction to collections care

If you are an AIM member (and many ABTEM members are!) then these free workshops should be of interest.

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

Why don’t objects last for ever? Why does it matter where watercolours are displayed? Why is it necessary to wear gloves to handle objects? If you have ever wondered why collections care matters – or even what it is – then this is the workshop for you.

Workshop Tutor, Jane Thompson Webb, will show you what the main agents of decay are and how they can damage objects. You will also be offered a range of practical strategies to help ensure that your collections will be accessible now and in the future.

Each workshop runs from 10am – 4.30pm and delegate packs with useful conservation items and lunch/refreshments will be provided.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to spot the causes of damage in their own collections and introduce monitoring and/or mitigation strategies.

Taking part in collections care workshops is also a lot of fun and…

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