Curator’s Blog – Rediscovering Our Collections

Curator’s Blog – Rediscovering Our Collections

Friday 28 October 2016

It’s been a while since my last blog post and as ever a lot of things has happened since then. As ever I’ve been busy in the art store reorganising the works on paper collection with one of our fantastic volunteers.

We’re making good progress and the drawers in the plan chests have got some kind of logic to them now, but there is still a lot of work to be done sorting through the boxes and reorganising the works. We’d probably be a little quicker if we didn’t keep stopping to study some of the works as we’re moving them but sometimes you just can’t help it!

We recently heard that we’re getting a Viking exhibition in 2018 from the British Museum (BM), which is really exciting! We’re meeting a member of staff from the BM next week so hopefully I’ll have a few more details after that meeting. It’s going to run after the pop art exhibition that we’re also getting from the BM in early 2018 so it’s looking like 2018 is going to be a really good year for exhibitions. I’ve started having a look through the collection already for pop art prints and we’ve actually got a couple of Eduardo Paolozzi’s prints (very bad close up of a section of one of the prints below!), which is amazing.

Unrelated to the works on paper project, I’ve started planning what taxidermy specimens I want to get conserved as part of a large project to develop our museum corridor. I’ve recently received some funding from the Arts Council to conserve a large chunk of our taxidermy collection, which is fantastic, so I’ve been busy arranging specialist training for some of our volunteers who are interested in working with the collection and I’ve also done the rather boring job of ordering in conservation supplies and new shelving.

Other things that I’ve been working on include reading up on pop art in readiness for the 2018 exhibition and I’ve also started researching horse racing as we’re planning to do a big exhibition on horse racing in 2019. Both of these are two completely new areas for me so it’s been really interesting learning new things.

Nicola Euston

Museum Manager


Posted on 1 November 2016 under Museum

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