Working machines: how, why and is it worth the hassle?
Date: Thursday 17th
of October 2013
Venue: Events suite Thinktank, Millennium point, Curzon Street, Birmingham.
10.00 - 10.15 - Arrive and tea and biscuits
10.15 - 10.20 - Welcome and introduction to the day
10.20 - 10.45 - A brief introduction to Thinktank’s Monument Fellowship
Project. ‘Deciding how to work museum objects’.
10.45 - 10.55 - 'Standards in the Care of Larger & Working Objects' for the
sector and how you can be involved . A presentation by Tim
Bryan (Gaydon Motor Heritage Centre).
10.55 - 11.05 – ‘How do you put your collection in a regional significance’?
A presentation by Philip Butler on the North West Textile
Industry mapping project
11.05 – 11.35 - Group discussion. How to make the guidelines fit for
purpose and can you assess significance?
11.35 – 12.00 - Group feedback and questions to the panel. Can one set of
guidelines be relevant for all types of working collections?
12.00 - 1.00 - Ways to interpret working machinery. ‘What do you tell the
Public?’ Led by Nazia Ali. Practical session.
1.00 - 1.45 - Free lunch (including cake)
1.45 - 2.15 - Working with collections in different ways. 3 presentations by:
1- Janet Small (Black Country Living Museum),
2- Irene DeBoo (Sarehole Mill)
3- Christiaan Van Schaardenburgh (Coventry Transport Museum)
2.15 - 2.25 – Questions to panel speakers
2.25 - 2.45 - Group discussion. How and when to repair or replace parts?
When to go static? Is that better than working them?
2.45 - 3.15 - Working coffee break, feedback on discussions and final
questions to panel.
3.15 - 3.30 - Closing thoughts from the day.
3.30 - Finish