Curator’s Blog – Rediscovering Our Collections

Curator’s Blog – Rediscovering Our Collections

As ever it’s been a really busy time since my last post. The Sefton Open exhibition previewed on Friday 31 March and it was incredibly busy with lots of people attending and a few sales going through the till, which was great! The exhibition is as popular as ever and last time I counted we had sold just over 20 paintings, which is brilliant for all of our local artists.

The week after the Sefton Open exhibition opened I was down at Aintree Racecourse helping to set up their history tent ready for the Grand National weekend. I had a really interesting few days down there and met some really lovely staff who are incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Aintree. Particular mention must go to John and Tony the joiners there who were such a pleasure to work with and really delighted in taking me round the Winner’s Bar to show me the plaques up on the walls and the old weighing chair and then John took me out onto the course and took a photo of me in front of the famous Chair jump.

The history tent this year was all about Red Rum and it looked amazing. We put a call out a few months ago for objects and stories about Red Rum and quite a few people came forward with objects, so thank you to everyone who either loaned an object or donated it to The Atkinson. We’re planning a horse racing exhibition in 2019, so if anyone has any objects or stories that they want to either donate or lend for this exhibition then please do get in touch with Stephen Whittle via email or phone 0151 934 2024.

Aside from being at Aintree I also went to a really interesting workshop at Manchester Museum last Friday exploring ways that museums can communicate climate change. It was a really fascinating day with lots of good ideas from everyone who participated. The project leaders are going to produce a video or toolkit at the end of the project so the ideas and resources will be shared widely.

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

Nicola Euston, Museum Manager


Posted on 13 April 2017 under Exhibitions, Museum

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