Category Archives: From the Collection

A Flashy Job: Digitizing a Collection in a Heritage Museum

My work day typically ends the same way almost every day of the week. Like most, it ends with a conversation with family or friends with the question: “How was your day? How was work?” For the last year, my … Continue reading

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Museum Collection Ablaze With Tobacco Tins

Finding a topic to blog about can sometimes be a daunting and hazy task. At other times, inspiration for sharing a blog comes so naturally in my daily work duties that I can’t get it down on paper fast enough! … Continue reading

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Paradise by the Vintage Bejewelled Dashboard Light

One of the most rewarding aspects of working with a large collection of artifacts is the opportunity of learning, first hand, about objects and items that were once so commonplace and have, since, fallen into the depths of time. Certainly, … Continue reading

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A Hairy Endeavour: Identifying Objects of the Past

  As the Collections Manager at WDHM, it is my job to look after and care for the very sizable collection of artifacts and treasures that make-up our museum. This involves maintaining the current collection through preventive conservation, regular monitoring … Continue reading

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This Old Bag: The Importance of Provenance

As Collections Manager at WDHM, I see a number of donations come in on a regular basis. In fact, they seem to add up faster than I can enter them into our system! But what do we do with a … Continue reading

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Mad Medicine: the History, Uses, and Storage of Mercurochrome

The collection here at the WDHM is diverse to say the least. Our artefacts can range from the outlandish and absurd to the personal, unique, and even… dangerous. The artefact featured in this post certainly falls into the latter category. … Continue reading

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Acid Free Tissue Paper

As our preservation practices evolve, we learn that past attempts to keep our collections and artifacts safe can, sometimes, be more damaging. Despite our best attempts to keep something safe, we may, actually, be doing the opposite. It may be … Continue reading

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