Category Archives: Collections

The Museums Money and Medals Network Collections

The Museums Money and Medals Network Collections Mapping is an Arts Council funded project that exists to build and develop relationships between UK museums with numismatic collections. The intention is to provide support where needed in terms of identification, storage and display of coins, medals, banknotes and associated objects. An important aspect of the project is collections mapping. Institutions are being contacted about their collections with a view to making this information publicly accessible on the Money and Medals website: Please contact for further details, to get advice and get your collection on the map!

Please click here to download accompanying document: Medals and money mapping


Heritage Open Days

Well, it’s that time of year again! Heritage Open Days offer a brilliant opportunity for folk to get all sorts of special one-off experiences at their local heritage sites. Find out about everything going on in Worcestershire on the HODs site here

I will be spending the weekend with my host site, the County Museum in Hartlebury. If you fancy popping by, there will be plenty going on (including free entry!) with activities, collections centre tours, and me providing information and displays on collections care.

Open from 11-5 Sat 8th and Sun 9th Sept.



Museum on the Move at Hartlebury Castle

After many months of suspense about the new ‘Just Art’ exhibition on display in the MOM bus, today I finally got my first glimpse. Sitting proud outside the the castle, the MOM bus is attracting lots of attention from the Hartlebury visitors, and I definitely saw some parents eyeing up the dressing up box………..

MOM this year has encorporated the following:

The theme chosen this year is the Arts. This is a very broad subject, but 6 sub-topics have been identified to enable us to explore key aspects within the space of the MoM vehicle. The sub-topics include:

1.     Introduction – what constitutes “the arts” and a brief history

2.     Visual Arts – sculpture, painting and architecture; how we view and represent the world around us.

3.     Literary Arts – prose, drama, poetry and oral arts such as epic, legend and folktales.

4.     Performing Arts – music and dance plus reference to magic, comedy, opera circus arts and film.

5.     Decorative Arts – functional art pieces such as furniture, ceramics and glass.

6.     The Arts and well-being – how access to and enjoy of the arts can improve our health and quality of life.

(Taken from

Sun shining on the Mobile Museum at Hartlebury

The wonderful Helen (Mobile Museum Interpreter) showing off the interiors of the bus

To find out more about hiring the Museum on the Move bus, please contact Sue Pope at

Nurturing Worcestershire’s Treasures Newsletter Issue 2

Those wonderful Skills for the Future trainees have done it again, and provided us with a wonderful newsletter about the things they have learnt, achieved and things they generally wish to share. Hope you enjoy!


Nurturing Worc’s Treasures Easter Issue 2

West Midland Museum Development Officers: Annual Report and ‘Catalysts for Change’

The West Midlands is home to six Museum Development Officers offering a wide range of guidance and advice. The two documents below show through case studies and analysis the ongoing help that we provide and how this has effected the museum, gallery and heritage sector in the West Midlands.

Catalysts for Change: West Midland Museum Development Officers

Museum Development Officers Annual Report 2010-2011

Accreditation Scheme: Step-byStep

Happy New Year to you all! It has been a while since I posted anything, as I’m sure is the same with everyone else, the start of 2012 has been a fairly busy one. Here I have created a 3 page document outlining the main changes between the new scheme and the old scheme, and also provided the timetable for the deadlines for your sites in Worcestershire. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on

Follow this link my Accreditation documents

Accreditation: Detailed guidelines released

For those of you who are Accredited, or looking to become Accredited, the detailed guidelines for the new scheme have now been released on the Arts Council England website. These documents are available to download and read, and really get to grips with what is to be expected of you with the new scheme. The new scheme has been designed with your needs in mind, hopefully making the process as streamline and useful as possible.

We as Museum Development Officers are here to act as a support through the Accreditation scheme, so please contact us for any queries you may have or help you may need. Here is a listing of the West Midlands regional support officers:

Glynis Powell:     Warwickshire (including Coventry and Solihull)

Sue Knox:     Herefordshire

Gemma Dhami:     Worcestershire

Judith Karena:    Shropshire

Helen Johnson:     Staffordshire

Emma Buckler:     Birmingham and Black Country

“The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. There are currently just under 1,800 museums participating in the scheme, demonstrating their commitment to managing collections effectively for the enjoyment and benefit of users.” Arts Council England

To access these documents, click here

NEW Skills For The Future Traineeships

More curatorial traineeships have been developed for those wishing to get into the sector. Follow this link for details on these posts:

Labelling and Marking Museum Objects

Guidelines on the labelling and marking of museum objects, developed by the Collections Trust with the help of Vivien Chapman at the National Conservation Centre, National Museums Liverpool (NML).

This guidance may be useful if you are preparing for Accreditation.

To access booklet, click here

The Hurd Library Blog

Based in the former Bishop’s Palace at Hartlebury Castle, this blog is kept by one of our HLF Skills For The Future trainees Sarah Stretton. Sarah blogs about this 18th century library, and provides some pretty nice pictures of it too, so go have a look!