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Keeping Afloat! EMu and Other Stuff. Robin Green Registrar Lancashire County Museum Service. Lancashire Museums . Lancashire Museums . We STILL operate 12 museums! An off-site stores A commercial Conservation Service Museums owned by 6 different bodies!.

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keeping afloat emu and other stuff

Keeping Afloat!EMu and Other Stuff

Robin Green

Registrar

Lancashire County Museum Service

lancashire museums1

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Thank you for listening

Robin Green

robin.green@mus.lancscc.gov.uk

www.lancsmuseums.gov.uk

+44 (0)1772 790830