It is a beautiful, sunny day in Porthcurno and we have at long last opened our doors again to the public.
There has been a great deal of planning and hard work from all at the museum to reach this date. The display collection is looking fantastic, and with the new activities and interpretation we are eager to see what the visiting public make of our new museum.
It’s been a long haul for the Collections Team as it has been for the rest of the museum staff. When I joined in November 2012, I helped in the huge task of checking, sorting and cataloguing the Museum’s vast archive of documents, volumes and photographs. Based in Eastern House at the time, the search room was half the size and ten times as cold. By May 2013 we were ready to move and the month was dedicated to boxing, transporting and unpacking 595 meters of volumes, documents, objects, and pictures. The new archive store and search room have given us the perfect conditions to house and provide access to our treasured collection.
A year later and we were still finishing the mammoth task of updating the location information for the thousands of archive items we moved. Before long we were moving the stored object collection from two museum stores into what was the old archive store in Eastern House. Again the improved storage conditions have helped us to maintain and minimise further damage done by the fluctuation of temperatures and naturally high humidity. Again a painstaking process as we moved delicate technical apparatus and large heavy objects through the museum. Many hands were needed to move the numerous gigantic cable ship models.
As we approached completion of the relocation of the Archive and Stored Object Collections we were quickly full steam ahead with preparing the Display Collection. We have been carefully moving objects into the display cases in the Tunnels and the new electronically monitored cases in the Eastern House Gallery.
I have been so lucky to work with such a fantastic and professional Team, and much praise is due to the management and leadership skills of Collections Manager Charlotte Dando. Both staff and volunteers are all grateful to work for such an enthusiastic and passionate member of staff, who has been an essential part of the success of the project.
I hope you enjoy looking at this post with photographs from the beginning of the relocation of the Museum’s Archive and Object Collection though to the redisplay of the new public galleries.