Saturday, 17 December 2011

Behind the scenes

As mentioned on the museum's Twitter account (@dartmoorlife) the museum is now closed for the winter. However work still goes on behind closed doors!

Group and school visits are arranged and prepared for, the John Young Gallery (which can be used for other displays and events) can be booked, so displays have to be set up and removed. At the moment a very lovely art exhibition is currently on display showing paintings, jewellery and embroidery, all which is for sale. Museum events are also finalised and prepared for. When Santa visited the museum a couple of weeks ago the downstairs gallery was transformed into a Christmas grotto for him. 

Relating to the museum's collection a big spring clean is undertaken, with items being cleaned and moved if needed. As always work is done on data-basing the entire museum collection. A long and laborious task, but still very rewarding. The data -basing involves documenting the items, by recording the physical aspects of the object- what it is, its condition, measurements etc, as well as the objects history- who made it and where, and how it came to be at the museum. A large majority of our collection has been donated very kindly to us. The museum has a wide variety of items relating to Dartmoor's long history. Cooking implements, tie presses, clothes, animal harnesses, and farm equipment are all included. 

                                          MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!