Volunteers help out
Harry and Richard put up two bays of metal shelving in the central attic store at St John’s House. Such a job really needs two people, as well as a certain amount of patience and perseverance, especially when the bit that you’ve just joined together pings out of position for the umpteenth time!
The shelving was purchased with a grant, called Funding for Free, from the Renaissance West Midlands and Warwickshire County Council. The additional shelving is really important to tackle the storage problems. With over 10,000 objects in the collection there was very little space to store any more objects. However, the museum wished to continue to collect in the future and the reality was that without extra storage capacity it would not be long before it would have to stop collecting.
Fortunately we discovered last year that the museum rents the entire central attic store from Warwickshire County Council. Previously it was believed that this space was shared with Warwickshire Museums Service. Thus the new shelving will allow the collection to grow. The plan is to store ceramics, photos and documents on these shelves. Many of the acquisitions to the collection are archival material.