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Museum Notes

Press Release (13th September 2010): Provisional Museum Accreditation

Chasewater Railway is delighted to announce that the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (the MLA) has awarded the Railway’s Museum the status of “Provisional Accreditation”. Some work is still to be completed to achieve full accreditation, but the award has attracted congratulations from the MLA, the Consultant Accreditation Assessor and the West Midlands Regional Accreditation Adviser, all of whom have described it as an “excellent achievement”.

The Railway’s Chairman, David Bathurst, said: “This is a significant event for the Museum team, who have been working for a number of years alongside museum professionals to develop the standards of care and other procedures that represent what is best for the management and display of the Railway’s superb collection of railway artefacts.

“If you are intending to visit the Railway, make sure that you call in to see the Museum (located in the Heritage Centre at Brownhills West Station) and see for yourself. Whether you are knowledgeable about railways or not, we believe that you will leave the Museum suitably impressed by the displays and by the enthusiasm of the Museum staff.”

Some New Items

This clock was presented to Mr. J. E. Garnett by British Railways North Eastern Region in appreciation of 45 years service.  It was given to the Chasewater Railway Museum by Mr. Garnett’s grandson, Mr. Phil Arundale of Burntwood.Museum Curator, Mr. Barry Bull, putting the clock right on it’s new stand.  It keeps very good time but sadly it has lost its talking point – it now does the correct number of chimes.  It was more fun guessing how many it was going to do – the record stood at 21!

We are very grateful to accept this clock, which has already received many favourable comments, and thank Mr. Arundale for his most generous donation.

Another recent donation is this camera and tripod, which belonged to Norman Glover, and was certainly used to take at least two of the photographs on our 2011 calendar – now available in the Chasewater Railway shops and Museum, and you get change out of a fiver!

It was given to the museum as part of a collection of documents and photographs from the Birmingham Locomotive Club, the forerunner of the Industrial Railway Society,  courtesy of Alan Wycherly and delivered by Peter Clark.  Our Curator is now examining the documents and putting them in order.  (or just reading them because he is interested!).  While going through some correspondence, Barry did find a letter addressed to himself – this does raise the question – if this correspondence goes into the Museum collection should Mr. Bull also be included in our catalogue??

Finally for these notes, a ‘Dinky’ diecast tank locomotive, given to us by Mr. Peter Bujara, found in a Charity Shop.

After some deliberation it was decided to repaint the loco to its former glory.  This was done by a good friend of the museum, Derek Wright.

Work in the Museum

Work in the Museum

There has been a lot of activity in and around the museum recently.  The Heritage Centre has been very well tidied up and the museum has had a number of new plinths made by our man Derek, the former scenery builder. 

We found two willing (!) helpers for varnishing.

Barry Bull and Bob Anderson – who’d’ve thought it?!

These were needed as part of the accreditation process to keep exhibits off the floor in case of damage by flooding.  It’s nice to see Derek back again after a family illness.  Derek fits out all the display cases in the museum, working at home and trusting his measurements – which have been almost perfect so far – one case proved to be a slightly different size to the others – but Derek’s skill soon sorted that out.  Another member working at home is Godfrey.  He has made all of the Museum direction boards and the ‘Next Event’ boards and has now started to paint the information  stands in the Heritage Centre.We’ve even got plinths for the bricks!

A great deal of work has been done on all three floors of the museum corner, both before and after the Accreditation Assessment.  Now it’s back to our regular cataloguing sessions, including taking photographs of the collection.  We are getting near the end of listing all the items in the museum and stores and soon will be starting to list the thousands of paper items held in store.Here’s a rarity – Barry Bull sitting at a computer!

(Mind you, he didn’t touch it!)

Congratulations to the Museum of Cannock Chase

Our warmest congratulations to the Museum of Cannock Chase on achieving the Museum Accreditation Scheme standard.

The Museum was said to meet ‘the highest quality standards’  in a report from the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council.

To achieve this award the museum had to meet clearly-defined standards and did so after at least two years hard work.

Being awarded accreditation is an impressive achievement.  It recognises the high standards and service that a museum provides and acknowledges the hard work of the staff.

This is the aim also of the staff at the Chasewater Railway Museum, and it is plain to see that there is a lot of hard work still to be done, given that here at Chasewater we are volunteers, working perhaps one or two days per week – and we are not always here at the same time.