Keeping Afloat!EMu and Other Stuff Robin Green Registrar Lancashire County Museum Service
Lancashire Museums We STILL operate 12 museums! An off-site stores A commercial Conservation Service Museums owned by 6 different bodies!
What has changed since last year? • Lancashire Conservation Studios (almost) fully operational • Fleetwood and Turton Tower Museums: • Still open • Reduced budgets (and staff!) • New partners • Service Review (successful) led to increased support from elected members and Directorate senior officers
Lancashire Conservation Studios • Conservators trained on EMu, but waiting for the new EMu Conservation Module! • IT skills very variable • Aiming to record • Object movements • Conservation treatments on objects • Costs of treatments i.e. time and materials
Other Pressures • Natural History Collections (partly) moved out of Fleetwood Museum, with • Long-term aim to remove all reserve collections from Fleetwood • Clitheroe Castle Museum HLF grant • Need to clear the site by September! • Limited storage space • Need to record object movements • Budgets still under great pressure!
Backlog Documentation • Accreditation Requirement • Large backlog of basic documentation • Limited resources – making negligible progress! • Will not meet timetable set by Accreditation panel • Very limited possibility of more resources • No funding for additional posts • Volunteers seen as the only source
Website Development • Some wishes actually come true! • Funding found for narrative-based thematic approach • Starting with one theme, Slavery, adding others later • Working with the staff who want to make it work! • Limited number of objects, keeping it simple! • It’s happening this year!
Conclusions • Lancashire County Museum Service are: • Still Afloat! • Not where we expected to be • Becoming better at using the skills and resources available to us • Making progress (Slow Ahead?)
Thank you for listening Robin Green email@example.com www.lancsmuseums.gov.uk +44 (0)1772 790830