just two images from today…

Squeaky clean gloves

Leave or Duty Ration Cards


HLF Trainees trip to Stockport Air Raid Shelters

This afternoon, the HLF trainees met up for some dinner so we could meet the newest recruit – Juliette, Conservation Management trainee – which culminated in a guided tour around the Air Raid Shelters in Stockport town centre.
The Air Raid Shelters are well worth a visit, and if you don’t believe me then the fact that they are booked up until February 2013 for school visits says it all!  Here are a few photographs from our tour, which was expertly given by Richard.

Local Heritage Library & Accessioning…

A recent job was to help with a temporary exhibition changeover at the Local Heritage Library (located on the first floor of Stockport Central Library).  There is a display case on the landing of the first floor, which is changed around every so often to display objects from the collection.  Last year’s Museums trainee Carrie, had helped create an exhibition on cameras.  These were to come out, and a display about the 1948 Olympics was to go in to coincide with the London 2012 Olympics.  Nicola, Janny, Katie (a volunteer) and myself went to the LHL to take out the cameras, making sure everything on the inventory list was present and accounted for, and then they could be re-packaged for transportation back to the heritage stores.  These were then put back in their respective boxes.  Nicola and Janny created the new Olympics display, which includes union flag bunting from the 1920s and an old cycle helmet from the early 1950s.

Katie and I checking the cameras from the exhibition and re-packaging them for transport

I shall add a photo of the final display ASAP!…

Fabric tape & archival ink pen

I have also been doing some sewing.  When a textile is accessioned into the collection, the method of marking the object with the object number is writing the number onto fabric tape with curatorial grade ink; and then sewing this tape into the garmet in a discreet place, preferably where there are already needle holes from other stitches.  It is also important to use thread as close to the colour of the textile as possible – in the case of a lovely golden yellow dress, circa 1930s/40s, I chose orange thread out of three possible colours.





Choosing the thread

Fabric tape sewn in









The dress, which is now being frozen before it can go into the collection



July has been so far, very wet.  All this rain has been a bit of a worry for the heritage stores and if there is a flood alert it can be bad news for the objects in storage.  However, nothing bad has happened yet! Janny (Curatorial Officer) came in to move some paintings one Sunday as a precaution but other than that everything is fine! *touch wood*.

I am currently carrying on with the retrospective documentation of ceramics and my accessioning project (see previous post); which is a large job and may not even be finished during the year! It is a good challenge though.  This is keeping me busy inbetween other events and site visits such as…

I recently went one afternoon to help  the Stockport Heritage Trust move their collection from their current base at St Mary’s Church, to their new home above the fish shop on Bridge Street.  They are setting up camp there while St Mary’s  undergoes refurbishment works.  It will look great once it is up and running – and you can purchase their publication ‘Stockport & District Heritage Magazine’ ,  as well as copies of any of the photographs in the ir collection.

A temporary display of hat blocking items from the collection for the Hat Works shop

Thursday 12th July was the official opening evening event for the Hot Heads temporary exhibition and the launch of the refurbished and restocked gift shop at the Hat Works .  That day it was all hands on deck to get ready for the event – which was to be attended by some of the showcased milliners – Sylvia Fletcher, Zara Gorman, Karen Henrikson and Stephen Jones.  We changed around the Fantastic Hats display case, and created a temporary display of collection objects for the shop – chosen mainly from the hat blocking section of the Machinery Floor.  We also made Pimm’s and sober Pimm’s for the guests and kept on top of the washing up as the evening progressed!

The next day was a chance for the HLF Trainees to meet properly.  As well as my post, there are two Libraries and Archives Trainees, two Countryside Management Trainees, and two Conservation Managament trainees (one of whom is yet to start, we will meet Juliette very soon!)  We spent the day together, accompanied by Leigh (Employment & Skills Officer, but also the Heritage Skills for the Future co-ordinator) visiting some of the heritage sites.  This started with a guided tour at the Hat Works, followed by a shortened tour of the Plaza.  We had some dinner (or lunch if you prefer) in the Plaza cafe lounge, and then spent the afternoon at Staircase House and Stockport Story.  It was great to meet everyone properly and I  will end this post with some photographs from the day. 



Lit up ceiling alcove in The Plaza

Decor at The Plaza


Katie and Emma (Libraries and Archives trainees) playing ‘cup & ball’ at Staircase House

Emma and I writing with quills at Staircase House

Greg (Countryside Management trainee) writing with a quill at Staircase House


Rosie (Conservation Management trainee) writing with a quill at Staircase House










Emma (Countryside Management trainee) dressing up at Stockport Story museum