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Four Days to Go... Behind the Scenes - Museum Exhibitions

Four Days to Go… Behind the Scenes – Museum Exhibitions

It’s been a long journey but the Collections Team is putting the finishing touches to the new display collection.
The process of preparing the exhibitions began with selecting which objects helped to tell the story of the telegraph station and the history of communications. Much of the museum’s collection holds designated status as an outstanding collection of national and international importance and these objects form a large part of the exhibitions. With the redevelopment of the museum we have been able to re-curate new sections and are now showing objects and images that were not previously on show to the public. We have been working with the Exhibitions Team who have been delving into the museum collections and archive and have produced new displays and activities.
 
Over the last year we have been choosing which items to display and from these lists we have created a program of inspection and cleaning to ensure all of the objects are in a good condition to be displayed. Some of the objects might have wear and tear from a life of use so we use condition reports to document the individual status of each artefact. We draw and notate a basic illustration of each item so that we can  monitor damage during moving and cleaning.
 
Condition Report - This set of Cable and Wireless ceramics will be examined for damage and vulnerable areas. We also measure each item in mm before drawing each individual piece.

Condition report. This set of Cable and Wireless ceramics will be examined for damage and vulnerable areas. We also measure each item in mm before drawing each individual piece.

Condition Reports - The table is laid out with acid free tissue paper to protect the object from damage. Brushes are used to gently remove dust and grit from the surface of the object.

Condition reports. The table is laid out with acid free tissue paper to protect the object from damage. Brushes are used to gently remove dust and grit from the surface of the object.

Each object has different needs being made of different composite materials and varying in size, weight and vulnerability. Information about each object gets recorded on the condition report and although this is a very time consuming process it is the best way of managing the safety and longevity of our collections.
 
When it comes to displaying each object we need to make sure the item is secure, protected from damage as well as too much light and too much moisture. All of the cases in the galleries have been carefully designed and set up for optimum protection and conditions will continue to be monitored throughout the year.
Displaying Textiles - We were able to use the Clore Learning Space to prepare mounts for some beautiful velvet sports caps.

Displaying textiles. We were able to use the Clore Learning Space to prepare mounts for some beautiful velvet sports caps.

Displaying Textiles - Here we have laid out a number of jackets for re-display. We have covered the table with Tyveck sheet which is a synthetic material and helps to protect the fibers and embellishment from damage.

Displaying textiles. Here we have laid out a number of jackets for re-display. We have covered the table with Tyveck sheet which is a synthetic material and helps to protect the fibers and embellishment from damage.

Displaying Textiles - Here we have mounted this wonderful fancy dress coat on a mannequin covered with Tyveck, which will protect the textile from harmful chemicals in the foam.

Displaying textiles. Here we have mounted this wonderful fancy dress coat on a mannequin covered with Tyveck, which will protect the textile from harmful chemicals in the foam.

Working with the collections is a labour of love but thoroughly rewarding, and we are looking forward to opening our doors to the public on June 14th.

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