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Decant Day, 6 July 2016: The Importance of Training

by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer As those of you who’ve been reading our blog posts will know there’s a lot of packing going on behind the scenes at the City Museum and Art Gallery! We’re emptying the building bit by bit so we can hand it over to the construction firm who will […]

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Decant Day, 22 June 2016: Rediscovering Branscombe Lace

By Alison Cooper, Curator of Decorative Art One of the great things about the decant process is that we’re getting to know our collections much better. With over a million objects in our collections, it would take a long time for any curator to get to physically see every object. This is a rare chance […]

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Decant Day, 8 June 2016: Packing our World Cultures Collection

By Tabitha Cadbury, Curator of Social History and World Cultures In preparation for the redevelopment of the Museum and Art Gallery for the History Centre, myself and my colleague Rachel Smith have started to pack and document our world cultures collections. There are over 4,000 objects altogether. About 10% of these are currently on display in […]

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Decant Day, May 25th 2016: Secret Love Poem Discovery?

By Lottie Clark, Decant Curator During any great development project involving collections you get an in-depth reintroduction to the treasures tucked away within the stores. While rifling through drawers of photographs, sketches or drawings; or working through boxes of costume; sky-high racks of painting and artworks; or cabinets of beetles, you’re bound to make discoveries […]

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Decant Day, 11th May 2016: 100th Box!

By Lottie Clark, Decant Curator We recently hit the first of many milestones during our Museum decant – we packed our 100th box from the Ceramic collection! Usually the packing volunteers are working in our Decorative Art Store, deep in the basement of the Museum. So when it came to our 100th box they had a bit […]

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Decant Day, 27 April 2016: Preparing the Costume Collection for Decant

By Alison Cooper, Curator of Decorative Art The costume and textile store is just one area of the Museum which has to be decanted to MASS as we prepare for the building of the Plymouth History Centre. The costume and textile collection holds nearly 10,000 items including male and female dress from the 17th through to […]

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Decant Day, 13 April 2016: Spring Progress Report

By Steve Conway, Decant Officer Is it me or is spring in the air?  All the signs are there:  the daffodils, the buds on trees, the sparrows nesting in the eaves of my roof.  And yet 60 mph winds battered the South West at the weekend, while a friend of mine in Cardiff posted a […]

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Decant Day, 30 March 2016: ‘Off The Shelf’ at the British Museum

By Lottie Clark, Decant Curator Being involved in the Museum Decant doesn’t always mean packing boxes! We also have to stay connected to what the sector is up to and keep abreast of new trends and changes to practice and policy. Through this we can find out what other institutions are doing to combat certain […]

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Decant Day, 16 March 2016: Volunteer Packing Sessions

By Lottie Clark, Decant Curator You heard from our Decant Officer Steve in our last blog post, so it seemed only fair for me to introduce myself too as the other new member of the Decant Team here at the City Museum and Art Gallery! So, hello everyone I’m Lottie and, as Steve mentioned, one […]

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Decant Day, 2 March 2016: And so it begins…

By Steve Conway, Decant Officer Things are beginning to come together at last. In January, after many months of discussions and diplomacy, we signed the lease on our temporary offsite store. This means that the packing and movement plans I’ve been working on since I started in October can now be put into action. This […]

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