The Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) has recently appointed the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC) to work with them to produce new guidelines for museums and private collectors with larger and working objects. The guidelines will cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items.
Standards first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike since they were first published in 1994, but after two decades of experience now need updating.
The project is supported by grant from the Arts Council England through their Museum Resilience funding stream that enables museums to become more sustainable.
We are looking for interested parties such as individual curators, conservators or staff from museums with large or working objects in their collections that would be able to feed into the process by either responding to questionnaire or submitting case studies that illustrate the decision-making process and conservation ethos of a particular treatment.
Selected case studies will be included in the new guidelines, available at the end of 2017.
The guidelines will be widely publicised and promoted, including through a programme of seminars scheduled between October 2017 and March 2018.
For further information contact Efstathios Tsolis, Associate Consultant, email email@example.com, tel. +44 (0) 7726419551
For more information about ABTEM visit http://www.abtem.co.uk/
For more information about IRHC visit http://www.internationalrailheritage.com
For more information about ACE visit http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/