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.
The bear has now been moved to his new place at the entrance to the museum, so that he can welcome all our visitors.
With a little over a month to go before we reopen our doors to the public we thought you would like to have a little sneak preview of our galleries.
Christmas approaches and I’m sure that you, dear readers, are knee-deep in your preparations. Our Warwickshire would like to thank you for your kind readership, contributions, and comments. In tandem with this website, of course, Market Hall Museum inches ever closer to its opening date in February.
To while away the hours, a few of those incarcerated decided to get artistic and leave their mark. To this day we have some of the interesting graffiti they left behind, scratched into the stone walls.
So we’ve got a new website… Hope you like it!
Community is what it’s all about, both online and offline...
Our lovely Market Hall, which is currently undergoing a makeover, now has a big hole in the floor. This is because we are going to be installing a lift, which will increase access to our first floor galleries.
Whilst looking through the collection and deciding what we want to show you in our new galleries, occasionally we will find something that fits a theme or illustrates a subject, but needs a little TLC before we bring it out.
The last year has seen us trail around the county, taking in 27 different venues where we’ve been capturing your stories, speaking to the public, and getting all kinds of interesting curios passed to us. It all began on January 19th, when an intrepid duo visited Polesworth Tithe Barn to speak to the North Warwickshire History Forum.
Upon returning to Warwickshire after attending a conference, I decided to have a look and see how much of a challenge it is to access LGBTQ+ history here. I tried to find any records on LGBTQ+ history, simply by searching for modern day terms on the record office website, the online catalogue and the Our Warwickshire site.