Changes in the DHT team
I’ve enjoyed supporting Dacorum Heritage as interim Collections Manager since the end of October last year. As the new Collections Manager has signed their contract and is due to start soon, it’s been really useful to look back at some of the things that we’ve achieved over the last few months.
- A Successful AIM Pilgrim Trust funding application meant that we’ve installed 6 new temperature and relative humidity data loggers within the collection stores. This will allow us to take readings every hour and we’ll be able to improve our analysing of the environmental conditions. We’ve also installed a LUX meter at the top of the stairs to measure the light and any potential effects on items on display there.
- We’ve also had funding success with the SHARE Towards Net Zero grant, meaning that we will shortly be replacing all the fluorescent lighting with LED lighting and installing new infra-red heating panels in the office, kitchen, and newspaper store. These small measures will both decrease our energy usage and help to protect the collections by reducing UV light and dust.
- The collection review that was started before the first lockdown is now almost complete.
- We’ve received two archaeological deposits (with a third due imminently).
- We’ve accepted some new items including 2 scrapbooks from the 1890s, which includes newspaper cuttings of all the cases that a Berkhamsted solicitor worked on. These were donated to an Oxfam shop in Muswell Hill and one of the volunteers was able to get permission from their regional manager to pass them onto an accredited museum.
- A deep clean in the Large Objects Store has been started.
- Welcomed volunteers of some of our constituent societies back to the store, although access is still limited at present.
We’ve also said goodbye to our Kick Start documentation assistant, Oliver, who has helped tremendously with the collection review and the accessioning backlog. Stuart, also a Kick Start documentation assistant, will be staying with us as a collections assistant until the end of September as we continue the deep clean and housekeeping.
Melissa Maynard – interim Collections Manager