Category Archives: Conservation

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


Earth Heritage Trust: 1000 Years of Building with Stone


PRESS RELEASE – 20th March 2013

1000 Years of Building with Stone – new stone heritage project underway in the two counties

Herefordshire and Worcestershire  Earth Heritage Trust is delighted to announce the award of £393,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to trace the history of stone buildings and forgotten quarries throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire.   The Trust will be investigating “A Thousand Years of Building with Stone”, looking at a range of heritage buildings, everything from castles and bridges to local churches, village halls and homes. The project will trace where the stone for these buildings came from and is hoping to rediscover some forgotten local quarries.

The new team is now in post and will be running its first public event on 4th April at the Hereford Museum Resource & Learning Centre as part of the “Terrific Trilobites” family activity day, running from 11am to 3pm.  Come along to enjoy a building stone quiz, race a trilobite, find out more from the displays or chat to the team.

The project, which will run for three and half years, will recruit and train volunteers in new skills in order to work on research and organise events and activities.  Some will learn how to conduct guided walks, others will become ‘ambassadors’ to address community groups about the project. There will be workshops ranging from dry-stone walling to historical research methods.

The project will create a website with detailed geological information that will in future help home and landowners, local authorities and conservation bodies seeking to protect historic stone buildings in the future. Local interest groups, schools, community organisations, conservation agencies, and professionals will all be involved in the project.

A range of publications will be created as well as smart phone ‘apps’.  Educational materials will help teachers plan projects about the vital role that locally-quarried stone played in building until the early 20th century.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust chairman, Dr Sue Hay, said, “There is a great variety of building stone across the two counties and the use of local stone has added beauty and a sense of place to communities.  The history of its use is a story waiting to be told.  We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for giving us the chance to do that.”

Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “This project will recruit and train local volunteers to undertake vital research and take responsibility for a wide range of tasks helping to ensure that communities, and especially young people, will be able to learn about the buildings and the natural environment around them.”

The team can be contacted on 01905 542014


Photograph – team members visiting an old building stone quarry in Herefordshire,  a church doorway showing several styles of building with stone as a material

The project team comprises

Kate Andrew – Project manager (Wed and Thursdays only)

Beth Andrews – Community consultant (Tue-Fri)

Elliot Carter – Technical consultant (Mon –Thur)

For further information and a photo opportunity, please contact Kate Andrew or one of the above team members on the generic e-mail address.

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.



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

Kays: The Catalogue of Dreams

 Last week, I was lucky enough to be involved with a pretty exciting project. Kays: The Catalogue of Dreams conference spoke about the Kays Archive Collection, and drew in interesting discussions by guest speakers who analysed ‘The Development of 20th Century Aspirational Living’.

Kays offered mail order clothing and other items from the 1920s to to the 2000s, and has now provided us with a very interesting collection of images showing social reactions to commodities, body image and many more social history related research subjects and debates.

This is a project that has been supported by many, but we hope that this important aspect to Worcester’s history can be continued to be developed and worked with beyond the current boundaries.

The Kays Archive is part of the University of Worcester’s Research Collections.  To view the collection, contact the Research Librarian, Dr Rachel Johnson via email: or, visit the website



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 Rural Museums Network (RMN) has published its report Rural Museums: Ten Years On

The Network is very pleased to publish the report ‘Rural Museums: Ten Years On’. It was written by Hilary McGowan following an approach to the Network by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council.

Ten years ago rural museums faced particular difficulties. Many museums were struggling to manage the increasing demands of holding agricultural collections and meet the changing expectations of visitors. This was compounded by the insularity of many rural museums and the diversity of the sector.


To read the report, click here