The Museum has now been closed for over a week. Although quiet from the outside we are keeping very busy behind the scenes.
In January 2014, PLB were selected to be the Museum Designers to help create the new Museum in Lyneham. PLB were also responsible for displays at the Tank Museum, and so we organised a trip down to Bovington to have a look at what had been done.
Staff had a great day. We were very warmly welcomed by staff of the Tank Museum, and as well as a tour of the galleries we were also able to see the stores and archives and find out more about the design and installation process. We left feeling inspired!
Last week also saw us saying goodbye to the shop and café staff, Ken Wilmott, Emma Bacon, Shirley Tizard and Sandra Gilbert. All will be missed, and we wish them all the best in the future.
The latest update in regard to building works sees the Museum still being in its new home in October 2015. And as a sign that things are picking up pace and moving forward, other sections of the Corps will start moving in within the next few weeks.
The first of many training sessions also took place as the Museum needs as many volunteers as possible to help with packing up all the items.
The training looks at how to handle objects safely, especially needed with our collection so that no handles fall off our items from the 1940s, and what material to use to pack items. The Museum uses archive quality material which means that items will stay safe and be preserved for much longer. No sellotape or blue tack to be seen anywhere, and we also provide everyone with gloves – it’s for your own protection as much as the objects.
Volunteers have the chance to find out about damage which can be done by various bugs and pests and how to identify them, and of course the chance to handle, research and pack historic items of importance to the REME Corps.
If you are interested in volunteering then please get in touch to find out more.
Next week will see the contracted movers coming in to do a final assessment, after which we will start taking the displays apart. There will also be a meeting with the Museum Designers to discuss the selection and location of the vehicles in the new Museum.
Jennifer Allison – Curator