Case Study: Louth Museum improve collections care with MDEM grant
Louth Museum in Lincolnshire, have received a Collections Access grant from Museum Development East Midlands (MDEM) to improve the storage of items in the Museum, and to tackle some of the backlog.
Louth Museum got in touch to tell us how they were getting on and about the difference made to the museum:
“The first priority is to sort all the photos – there are about 1600 of them – and make sure they are stored in a logical order in archival folders in a suspended filing system. This task, although fascinating is sure to be time consuming, and will be undertaken during the coming winter by a small team led by Susan Lewis. The grant is also being used to procure polyester pockets to protect individual documents, and good quality boxes in which to store documents and other items.
Over the past eight years the information about accessioned items in the Museum’s collection has been transferred from a system of index cards to a computer database which uses Modes Complete software. This computer system allows items to be quickly identified and located, and immeasurably speeds up our response to queries in the Museum. The grant from MDEM has enabled the purchase of a laptop computer to give quick access to the Modes database for all volunteers (about 25) and visitors in the Museum.
This year, 2014, is the first season in recent years that Louth Museum has been run entirely by volunteers, and to date it has been a very successful season with record numbers of visitors.”
Find out more
To find out more about Louth Museum, along with current and forthcoming events and exhibitions, please visit the Louth Museum website.
To find out more about support MDEM offer through grants and programmes, visit our Support & Grants page.
Please be aware that currently our grants are closed due to high demand.