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Machines in the collections: how to work them, why and is it really worth the hassle?


"Machines in the collections: how to work them, why and is it really worth the hassle?"
October 17th 2013


10.00 - 10.15 Arrive and tea and biscuits.
10.15 - 10.20 Welcome and introduction to the day.
10.20 - 10.45 A brief introduction to Thinktank’s MF project: Significance, deciding how to work museum objects.
10.45 - 10.55 'Standards in the Care of Larger & Working Objects' for the sector and how you can be involved .a presentation by Tim Bryan (Gaydon Motor Heritage Centre).
10.55 - 11.05 How do you look put your collection in a regional significance, a presentation by Philip Butler on the North West Textile Industry mapping project.
11.05 – 11.35 Group discussion. How to make the guidelines fit for purpose and can you assess significance?
11.35 – 12.00 Group feedback and questions to the panel. Can one set of guidelines be relevant for all types of working collections?
12.00 - 1.00 Ways to interpret working machinery. What do you tell the public led by Nazia Ali. Practical session.
1.00 - 1.45 Free lunch (including cake).
1.45 - 2.15 Working with collections in different ways. 3 presentations by:
1- Janet Small (Black Country Living Museum).
2- Irene DeBoo (Sarehole Mill).
3- Christiaan Vanschaardenburgh (Coventry Transport
2.15 - 2.25 Questions to panel speakers.
2.25 - 2.45 Group discussions. How and when to repair or replace parts. When to go static? Is that better then working them?
2.45 - 3.15 Working coffee break, feedback on discussions and final questions to panel.
3.15 - 3.30 Closing thoughts from the day.

Information and registration:
Elisabeth Chard
Science and Industry Curator Manager


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