Here’s the last blog of 2013 from the Collection’s Team.
It’s been a busy year! From moving over 18,000 documents during our archive relocation to furnishing and moving into our swish new search room and office.
We’ve had so much fun moving into the new building and making use of the fantastic new facilities. May was a pretty tough month, but it has been well worth the effort to see the archive collection safely stored in our state-of-the-art, climate controlled strong room.
Museum Patron, Lord Pender, officially opened the new building in September and despite the temporary closure of the museum and display collection we have been as busy as ever. We threw our doors open for the Heritage Open Day in September and welcomed members of the public into the archive with guided tours.
The object collections have now been moved into newly constructed store with improved environmental control, and we have improved access through our efforts to catalogue and prepare the collections for relocation.
The telegram collectors project has been hugely successful, digitising over 100 telegrams and we have enjoyed getting out and about in Cornwall with volunteers, taking the Museum to the people. It was fantastic to link up with the Science Museum in London, and partner museums from across the country. http://blog.sciencemuseum.org.uk/collections/2013/08/05/message-received-telegram-collecting-across-the-uk/
Our 2013 one-day symposium was a great success with speakers from around the country. Researchers, PHD students and staff shared papers and lectures on science and technology, the global and social impact of submarine telegraphy, the telegraph at war, as well as presentations on the Archives and Collections at the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. http://blogs.mhs.ox.ac.uk/innovatingincombat/events/
Lastly big thanks to our volunteers. We are hugely grateful for the time, skills and knowledge contributed by our different teams of volunteers. They have stepped up their efforts with the relocation of the archive and object collection, and have worked well with staff during the first phases of redevelopment. All in all they have helped us move over 1,000 meters of volumes, documents, objects and pictures, and currently we have searchable access to the records of 3,765 publications, 2,905 objects, 1,648 photographs, 10,840 documents, 380 pictures, 409 maps and 1,315 items of audio/visual material (and counting).
We have got plenty more to do in 2014 with continued work on retrospective cataloguing the archive and the redisplay and reopening of the museum in summer 2014.
For now may we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a bright New Year!