It has been all about objects the past month as we have been working on what goes into the new displays at the redeveloped Cambridge Museum of Technology.
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About the project
What has happened recently
Our designers, Richard Fowler Associates, have developed their ideas for signage and interpretation. The Museum held a consultation with volunteers and stakeholders on the proposed concepts, and the designs will be finalised shortly.
The Collections Committee has finalised the list of objects for the Top Bay. The Top Bay (or Tipping Bay) is where rubbish was tipped before being shovelled into the destructor furnace. In the redeveloped museum, projections will show the process. The building will also showcase objects from local trades, such as ironworking and brickmaking, to tell the story of Cambridge's industrial past.
The Pye History Trust has been working with the Museum to create displays on the local company Pye. As well as developing content, researching the company's history, and selecting objects, the Trust are fundraising for the permanent exhibition.
The Museum's curatorial team have also been working closely with former employees of Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company. Together, they have developed the themes for displays on the company and drafted a list of objects to be included. The group have also visited the Whipple Museum to see their stored collection of scientific instruments.
At the end of July, Conservator George Monger trained the Collections Team in basic conservation cleaning. This has given staff and volunteers the skills to safely clean objects before packing them for off-site storage during construction. This and other work has kindly been funded by SHARE Museums East.
Meanwhile... The museum is still open to the public on Sundays 2pm - 5pm. In the last month, we have also welcomed work experience students, hosted a reading from Beasts and Superbeasts by Saki, and held the first of four family engineering mornings.