This week we have learned how to handle historical objects and how to do it with care and respect. Some of the topics included the difference of wearing cotton verses nitrile disposable gloves and the importance of planning the route when we are lifting heavy objects.
Each student had the opportunity to look at the different types of packaging such as Acid free paper, melinex sleeves to protect paper items, Tyvek cover to store clothes as it keeps dust and moisture out and how to clean objects with a foxing sponge.
We were also shown how Plastazote is used to cut out the shape for display great for showing tools to put on display. Also protects items vibrating from wonky floorboards.
After learning how to handle historical objects we all then had a closer look at each of the objects provided from Ted Hine’s collection. This included the backboard of the Guardsman presented to George Hyde in 1866, Telescope taken to see by the fisherman in 1800s and many photograph.
Each student was asked to write down 3 things they particularly liked about a museum or places that they have visited and then we discussed what we like most about visiting places of historical interest.
Next week we will be looking at how we can record that data using online methods such as a blog.