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    Winchester AMA Support Group

    The Winchester AMA Support Group The Winchester AMA Group began late in 2016, as a few members of staff at Winchester's Military Museums in Peninsula Barracks began to undertake our AMA's. While there are other regional support groups, we wanted to offer an alternative group that was centrally located for us due to varying commutes and work commitments. We do have a link to the Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire Support Group, and are welcome to attend their meetings as well as sharing updates and news from the wider region and the Museums Association. If you are thinking of or currently are undertaking your AMA, then feel free to pop along and join us for one of our meetings. We meet on a monthly basis at Winchester's Military Museums at 2pm, dates varying. If you are interested in joining us or want to find out more about the group, please email Bianca Taubert at curator@agcmuseum.co.uk

    Posted by: Bianca Taubert
    on 22-02-2017

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    Looking for a display case

    We are looking to borrow / buy a display case that allows the display of small to medium sized objects. It needs to be lockable and ideally a deep table top case. We need for an exhibition in April.

    Posted by: Charlotte Parsons
    on 10-02-2017

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    Survey: Museums and Creative Industries

    What kind of collaborations exist between museums and creative industries throughout Europe? The 10 minute survey by NEMO's Working Group Museums and Creative Industry is open until 19 February 2017. https://webanketa.com/en/forms/64t3ae9q6wqk6s9pc8w64d9k/

    Posted by: Lucy Marder
    on 10-02-2017

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    Donation box needed

    The Cole Museum of Zoology would like to have a donation box. However looking online most of the commercial boxes seem to be very expensive. Does anyone have an old one that we could reuse and re-brand? thank you!

    Posted by: Amanda Callaghan
    on 31-01-2017

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    University of Portsmouth History Society - Cultural & Heritage Careers Fair

    Hello one and all!

    Working with the Mary Rose Museum, the University of Portsmouth History Society are running a Cultural & Heritage Careers Fair for students that are soon to Graduate. In order to get a broad range of information from across the various roles available in Culture & Heritage we're looking for recently graduated individuals who would be happy to attend and speak with students from across Hampshire about their experience in their fields.

    The Careers Fair is going to be held at the Mary Rose Museum, and will include free access to the Museum for the attendees.

    The event is scheduled for Wednesday 1st March 2017 between 14:00 and 16:00.

    If you're interested in attending, please contact both:


    Posted by: Andy Watson
    on 27-01-2017

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    4 panels exhibition regarding the conservation issues of crested macaques (Macaca nigra),

    I am a research assistant and MRes student at the University of Portsmouth (Department of Psychology), and I am passionnate about outreach activities with the public. I have created a 4 panels exhibition regarding the conservation issues regarding the crested macaques (Macaca nigra), an endemic primates species of North Sulawesi, Indonesia, and how implemeting an education programme (Tangkoko Conservation Education, created in 2011) in this area can positively impact the local population to protect the macaques. I have already shown this exhibition at the University of Surrey and the Owl and Monkey Haven in the IoW last year). This exhibition is usually coupled with a presentation and movie, and a discussion about how us, as occidental people, we can do our bit to protect the environment.

    Posted by: Mathilde Chanvin
    on 18-11-2016

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    Vertical hanging plan chest

    Vertical Plan chest free as long as the recipient arranges removal from HMS Warrior It is a vertical hold chest and measures 76 cm wide, 41 cm in depth and 105cm high, its metal with a lid and is lockable. Please see internal photo attached.

    Posted by: Anna Bowman
    on 24-10-2016

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    Flyer Rack

    Hi Everyone, We have a 5 tier flyer rack available for free if anyone would like it. Collection only from the Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Birchington-On-Sea. Dimensions : 19" wide x 24" tall x 11" deep. Please contact Abby - shop@quexmuseum.org / 01843 842168

    Posted by: Abby Wise
    on 18-10-2016

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    Introducing the Winchester AMA Support Group

    Hello All, As some of you may know, Winchester Military Museum's is a group of six regimental museums located in Peninsula Barracks, near the train station. With so many museums on site, and a few of the staff either currently undertaking our AMA's or about to embark on this journey, we thought it would be an idea to create a support group. We are aware other support groups already established, but with most of us commuting from far and wide, we wanted to offer an alternative group, that was centrally located for us. We have recently established a link to the Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire Support Group, and hope to share updates and news from their group and the Museums Association, and vice versa. If you are thinking of, or currently, undertaking your AMA, then feel free to pop along and join us for one of our meetings. We meet on a monthly basis, usually the first Wednesday of the month @ 2pm, in the AGC Museum. (This is subject to change, so please check the date of our next meeting.) If you are interested in joining us or want to find out more about the AMA from people who have already signed up, please email Evie Collins assistantcurator@the-rifles.co.uk I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully meeting you soon! Evie

    Posted by: Evie Collins
    on 29-09-2016

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    Trying a mobile app at outdoor cultural heritage sites

    Hello, I'm a PhD student in the school of computing/ the university of Portsmouth. I'm doing a research on using mobile technology for learning from cultural heritage sites. I have developed a mobile app based on my research to be used at outdoor cultural heritage sites, I would like to run an evaluation session with experts of cultural heritage to try my app out. my application is a location-based service, which pushes a notification when be close to an attraction. I was wondering if you could help me with this please? thank you very much, looking forward to hear from you.

    Posted by: Alaa Alkhafaji
    on 27-09-2016

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    Canterbury Museums and Galleries - items for disposal

    Canterbury Museums and Galleries are undertaking a Collections Review and have identified a number of items for disposal that do not fit our Collecting Remit. The items are mainly Social History, such as packaging, tools, appliances etc. If you think you might be interested in acquiring any of these items and would like more details please email the Collections Manager, Craig Bowen.

    Posted by: Craig Bowen
    on 19-09-2016

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    Volunteering Dissertation

    Hello I am a Geography undergraduate student at the University of Exeter and I am trying to gather some data for my dissertation. I am looking at volunteering, with specific reference to the heritage sector. I would like to get as many viewpoints as possible on the topic, so I have created an online survey with Survey Monkey. It is very short and gives me an idea about why people choose to volunteer. Here is the link - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M3F6L5B - please fill it out if you have the time. Thank you!

    Posted by: Katie
    on 31-08-2016

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    Hand Cranked Sheep Shearing Machine

    A member of the public is looking for a good home for the above object. It was used on a farm in the Horsham area over 40 years ago. The cast iron stand comes in three parts and it all fits into a box. The owner is willing to deliver it to your museum. Contact is Ron Lainchbury . Email: ronandlyn41@gmail.com

    Posted by: Alan Barwick
    on 31-08-2016

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    High Quality Mobile Racking Needs Good Home

    Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (at Wakehurst Place, nr. Haywards Heath) needs to urgently clear 16.5 bays of high quality mobile racking, originally installed by ‘Britannia Storage Solutions’ 10 years ago.

    • 15 double sided mobile carriages, 6 metres long (6 x 1 metre bays) and 6.03 metres wide.
    • Height including carriage 3.45 metres. Top 0.66 metre is removable.
    • 13 shelves (height adjustable).
    • Width of each carriage 1.05 metres
    • Depth of shelf 0.5 metre, width of shelf 1 metre.
    • Raised floor system with flush rails and flush drive chain.
    • 1.5 static units, with the same format as above.
    • One set of lockable steps included.

    All units in A1 condition, even when fully loaded very easy to move. Please reply to this post and I can send details for the contact at Kew and a second photograph.

    Posted by: Rowan Wallis
    on 23-08-2016

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    Objects Available

    The Eling Experience has a number of objects to transfer to another heritage organisation/museum: Co-op scales, G A Wedderburn (Southampton) scales, 2 x balance scales (in need of some tlc), Ceramic slipper bed pan, Ceramic wash bowl, Flat iron, Shop door bell, Model ship. Photos of all items are available - please contact Ruth Kerr ruth.kerr@elingexperience.co.uk

    Posted by: Ruth Kerr
    on 22-08-2016

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    Adding LED lighting to old wooden cases

    Does anyone have experience of re-lighting an old case with LED or fibre optic lighting? I wondered if we could just buy a strip on the internet and have a competent electrician to fit it in or is there more to it?

    Posted by: Maria Esain
    on 17-08-2016

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    Anyone else experiencing moth problems?

    Hello, We have recently found clothes moths in some of our historic rooms and in the store rooms. I would be interested to know if anyone else is having the same problem or has dealt with this in the past and some advice. Thank you.

    Posted by: Maria Esain
    on 27-07-2016

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    Animal Fur/Skins wanted

    Hello, We are trying to source some duplicate animal furs/skins for outreach sessions. If anyone can help with where to source these items or any museums are deaccessioning any, please do let me know. Thank you.

    Posted by: Rebecca Gazey
    on 18-07-2016

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    Looking for a display case

    We are looking for a display case that allows the display of small to medium sized objects, either a vertical one or, preferably, a deep table top case. We aim to have a small (supervised) display in a new welcoming area at the local railway station that would give a taster of local history and draw people to the museum and gallery.

    Posted by: Kathrin Pieren
    on 28-06-2016

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    Call out – can you help Made by Katie Green with our research on caves, mines and underground spaces?

    From 2016, we will be researching a new dance piece designed for performances in caves and underground spaces called Beneath Our Feet, and we would like you to help us.

    People we would love to hear from: Anyone with a connection to caves, mines and underground spaces.

    We’re particularly interested to hear from miners and cavers. More info here - http://madebykatiegreen.co.uk/blog/post.php?s=2016-05-29-call-out-can-you-help-made-by-katie-green-with-our-research-on-caves-mines-and-underground-spaces

    Posted by: Katie Green
    on 14-06-2016

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    We're recently had wi-fi fitted throughout the New Forest Centre but are delaying opening it up to the public because of fears about IT security. Does anyone have experience of offering public wi-fi and how this impacts on their IT security? Thanks

    Posted by: Hilary Marshall
    on 09-06-2016

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    Pub Window Glass

    We have 3 sections of a pub window available to a good home. A little damage to one of the small sections. Main section has arched detail as in image. They are from an Ashby's brewery pub in Totton.

    Posted by: Ruth Kerr
    on 06-06-2016

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    FREE Office Furniture & Equipment

    Hi - one of your colleagues alerted me to this forum, so I thought I would post our details. Collecteco works with companies and other organisations to donate unwanted, good quality office furniture, equipment and materials to good causes (and what could be a better cause than a museum I hear you say!!!). We have just completed a project in Southampton and have a store in Eastleigh, but work across the country (our HQ is in Bristol). We work with allsorts of different commercial premises, so if your organisation needs office furniture, equipment or materials, then please send an email to wishlist@collecteco.co.uk and we'll send details if we have it or let you know if it on the horizon with a project starting soon. We are looking to donate to good causes, so the kit is free of charge! Also, please do let us know if your organisation needs help rehoming furniture and equipment

    Posted by: Steve Sliney
    on 16-05-2016

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    Advice/Tips/Examples of recent planned Collection storage move

    Dear All, I am currently trying to put together a project plan that will allow me plan and manage the move of a number of various artefact stores that are scattered across a large site (some items are large and heavy) into better storage. This will form part of a collection review also. As part of this process I am looking for case studies where I can learn from previous experiences and even maybe pinch methodology, visit their store/site and chat with staff etc. If anyone has a good example of a museum that has undertaken something similar in the past few years/is willing to discuss/share experience/guidance with me the above then please get in touch. Thank you all in advance and I look forward to hearing about some wonderful projects. Gillian Mason Curator Bletchley Park Trust

    Posted by: Gillian Mason
    on 15-04-2016

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    Visitor Survey Apps

    Could anyone recommend a good visitor survey app that can be displayed on an android tablet? Following years of paper surveys we have recently bought a tablet to help improve efficiency of data gathering, analysis of data and reduce storage. If anyone else has experimented with tablet based surveys we would greatly appreciate any recommendations.

    Posted by: Matt Stevens
    on 12-04-2016

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