I have known about the four objects we have in our collections that relate to the suffragette movement for some time and have been fascinated by this period in history since a teenager. So, with 100th anniversary of women first gaining the vote, I wanted to make sure that we told the story of the movement for women’s suffrage in Warwickshire.
Hopefully by the time you read this, your esteemed web editor will have started his epic holiday treck for a week or two. The rather worrying challenge will be to try and find a Warwickshire link if he can.
Have you noticed there’s a royal wedding happening on Saturday? No? Well, where have you been?
To celebrate the Museums at Night festival, your museum is throwing open its doors on the evening of Friday 18th May from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. This is a chance to see Market Hall in a new light (pardon the pun) and will allow you to enjoy a relaxed evening with friends.
So what do we do all day? There is no such thing as a typical day, really, so here is a flavour of some of the things I might get up to in a day. Just remember, making records accessible is our aim.
How’s your memory? I must admit as I get older mine gets worse. On occasion, a great blank wilderness lives where I should be reminded to do something. Clearly, this cannot go on! Many things to do, and all that.
Market Hall Museum now has its own film on YouTube. Jay and his friendly assistant Gaz visited the museum back in January and spent the day filming.
The last Friday and Saturday, the archive and museum services ended up closing early at some points. It’s rare indeed for the buildings to close to the public, so it was kind of noteworthy.
Doesn’t time fly? The past year has been a whirlwind, yet it's maybe a time to look both back and forward.
Organisation is everything, be it closing down a strongroom for the night, or publishing an article.
Towards the end of last year, I made my way north to beautiful Manchester for the national ‘Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities’ (DCDC) conference. It was really astounding to see some of the projects which other institutions have achieved, celebrating heritage and culture and having a real impact on their communities.
As 2017 trips over into 2018, it always seems paradoxical that a time when you look to the future is also one to reflect on the past.
Hopefully the coming year sees yet more contributions, and what better time to start thinking about what you may want to submit then over the festive period?
We’ve got a nice new refurbished Market Hall, and if you’ve been following this site, you may just have noticed. Now we have the space however, it’s time to show it off and put it to good use.
I’ve just taken delivery of some pike. All very interesting, you might think, but what does this have to do with this website, Heritage & Culture Warwickshire (HCW), and the Our Warwickshire project as a whole?
In addition to the behind the scenes work, and the regular displays that you can pop in and see, there are many events that take place at the museum – these events can add a little insight into the collections and the objects on display.
One beauty of a county such as Warwickshire is the number of villages, hamlets and other places that lurk within it.
So what does a Collections Manager for Heritage & Culture Warwickshire actually do? Sam Collenette gives us a peek into her diary.
Our group of 6 to 12 year olds from Warwick schools will become Time Travellers, spending a week exploring everything from fossils to robbers.
It’s been encouraging to see people have been prepared to trudge across (the publicly accessible!) fields, search out the positions of these historic sites listed on our website, and have been happy to snap pictures of them for us.
Upon discovering that the venue wouldn’t have internet or computers, I had to adjust my plan to be a bit more ‘old school’. So, this leads us to the question, what exactly is a pinning party?
Is it wrong to admit to a sense of utter satisfaction at removing an age of dust (and other unthinkable detritus), to expose a cleaner, though often well nibbled, sheet of paper?
This isn’t the end of the road, not by a long chalk. Having opened, we now have the task of building on the work we’ve done up until now, and creating and maintaining the service you all deserve.
As you may have noticed, the museum is now open, and it’s bedding in now, nicely! It seemed appropriate, then, to reflect on the opening itself.