Birmingham Museums Trust are currently working on a National Portfolio Organisation funded ‘Science Collection Research, Rationalisation and Redisplay’ project.
As part of this project the Trust have recently approved a small group of objects for disposal from their collection including a Cornish boiler, a steam turbine condenser, and an injection moulding machine.
Full details can be found advertised on the Museums Association ‘Find an Object’ service. https://www.museumsassociation.org/find-an-object/object-detail/?id=209942a4-6d5a-eb11-8fed-00155d027ea6
If anybody has any questions about any of the objects, they are very welcome to contact the project’s Research Assistant Felicity McWilliams directly at: Felicity.McWilliams@birminghammuseums.org.uk.
National Museums NI (Ulster Transport Museum) are offering a number of cars for disposal to other Accredited museums. They include a 1972 VW Beetle, 1964 Fort Cortina and a 1949 Triumph Renown. The vehicles are offered free of charge but interested parties would be expected to arrange and pay for transportation. Further information can be provided on request.
Please contact – Hannah Crowdy, Head of Curatorial, National Museums NI
028 9039 5161
The full list is:
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‘Profusion in Museums’ is a new report produced by ‘Heritage Futures’ a collaborative research project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and supported by four host universities.
The thought-provoking report draws on a collecting and disposal survey undertaken in June of this year, and the results of a knowledge exchange seminar held at the National Railway Museum in September 2018.
The report can be downloaded at https://heritage-futures.org/profusion-in-museums-report/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01963 442781.
Closing date for enquiries: 31 August 2017
An update of the Disposal Toolkit originally published by the Museums Association in 2008 has been produced by the UK Accreditation partnership which includes the MA, Arts Council England, CyMAL: a division of the Welsh Government, Museums Galleries Scotland and Northern Ireland Museums Council.
The revised document includes guidance on the current and increasingly important issue of financially motivated disposals.
See more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/accreditation-scheme/disposal-museum-collections-guidance/#sthash.c3ES5eMq.dpuf