STICK – established 2006 Inclusive & self-supporting Hosted conferences in 2008, 2009 The Scottish Transport and Industry Collections and Knowledge network aims to promote care and enjoyment of these collections. Through research, stewardship and advocacy, STICK will encourage wider engagement with technological and industrial collections across Scotland. Objectives –STICK will: Develop opportunities to advance acquisition, care, development, research and interpretation of transport and industry collections in Scotland Identify key issues facing the long-term stewardship and development of transport and industry collections and work together to tackle these Promote, encourage and advance access to Scottish transport and industry collections through a variety of mechanisms Support informed, efficient and confident decision making in the acquisition and long-term care of transport and industrial heritage across Scotland www.stickssn.org
Only Effective Collections Special Project awarded to date 25k April 2010 - April 2011 Project is split into three phases: Phase One: Appoint a consultant; refine collections scope, create a collections review survey, host four drop-in surgeries in June & September Phase Two: Identify treasures for web exhibition and identify items for disposal. Undertake disposal in accordance with institution’s own guidelines and MA disposal toolkit. Appoint Education Consultant to create schools’ resource. Phase Three: Transport items to TFSR. Publish Collections Management guidelines and survey results, launch schools resource. Outwith project timescale: collect items made by artisans in Africa
Collections scope: Does your museum have duplicate or unprovenanced collections of the following objects: Woodworking tools, blacksmiths’ or cobblers’ tools, sewing machines or typewriters? We selected these items principally because most museums have them (and have them in abundance), they are the subject of regular donations, portable in scale, many of them are suitable for recycling and on TFSR’s wanted list
For nearly 30 years Tools for Self Reliance has helped to relieve poverty in Africa by supporting small businesses and by raising awareness in the UK. They fund business skills and other training projects in in Africa. And each year put tens of thousands of refurbished tools and sewing machines into the hands of people who really need them. People from all walks of life and with a range of skills and abilities work together to make sure that the jobs get done. At the Netley Marsh headquarters, on the edge of the New Forest, there are around a hundred volunteers who help with all types of work from refurbishing tools to packing crates. There is a fully equipped workshop and warehouse at Netley Marsh. TFSR’s policy is that people working and living in their own county are best placed to know their own situation, and able to decide what is useful to them and what isn’t. Thus, they do not have any UK staff in Africa but support local organisations who are best placed to work effectively in their own communities. These organisations are called partners. TFSR currently have partners in Ghana , Uganda , Tanzania , Sierra Leone , Zambia , Malawi and Zimbabwe .
Tools for Self Reliance has been working with Girls Growth and Development (GIGDEV) for over ten years on a purely tool-sending basis, however we are now moving towards a project-based approach which aims to combine tool sending with the provision of a skills and training scheme Aims and objectives  To provide job opportunities for marginalized girls through the provision of income generating skills, home management, food processing and nutrition, so that they will grow to be self-reliant, responsible and productive members in their communities.  To promote the spiritual, mental and socioeconomic development of girls.  To hold educational programmes and literacy classes for GIGDEV personnel and group leaders, with special attention given to the former conflict zones of Northern Region, Ghana.  Help girls to realise their potential, and develop their talents, to increase awareness on girl’s development issues [Adolescent period], and to reintegrate them into the national human resources agenda.  To establish a community information resource centre which would serve girls and the community profitably.  To encourage self-reliance, fund raising activities, as well as lobbying for funds such as grants and donations.  To emphasize on the rights of the child, gender awareness and help raise the literacy rate of girls in the Northern Region of Ghana.  To collaborate with other youth and women’s organisations, and encourage girls in tradition and culture.  To adopt brilliant but needy marginalized girls and provide relevant logistic support to enhance their education, so as to make them useful and productive citizens.  To educate girls on Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS awareness. Further Info: www.tfsr.org
Drop-in Workshops for Museum Professionals Come and learn about how you can participate in this exciting project and meet our independent subject specialist advisor at the following free drop-in workshops: 9th June 2010 National Piping Centre, Glasgow 24 th June 2010 Aberdeen 7 th September 2010 Somewhere 27 th September 2010 Gymnasium, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Complete our A4 Survey Spread the word!
Better understanding of your own collection Opportunity to dispose of collections in a sustainable manner More storage space Access to a subject specialist network and the STICK steering group– (not Hilary Kay) The creation of collections management guidelines and a report on our expert’s findings Access to a schools’ resource Opportunity for contemporary collecting with African Partners