|Education Guides wait for a glimpse of the Stores! © Pitt Rivers Museum|
In order to move location all the objects have to be carefully packed. This has entailed making a great deal of boxes, photographing every object and labelling everything very carefully indeed. To find out more about the project follow twitter @Pitt_Stores.
|Packing boxes! © Pitt Rivers Museum|
There are a team of about 15 Project Assistants helping to deliver this project and amongst this group there are designated conservators. They help to assess the condition of objects and carry out essential conservation work on the artefacts. The hoover comes out quite a lot when large dusty objects emerge from the collections!
|Conserving a backstop loom © Pitt Rivers Museum|
We were also shown some of the hazards of working with objects and the precautions that are taken when working with weapons and potentially poisonous arrowheads.
|Examining weapons © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|Weapons lined with sharks teeth © Pitt Rivers Museum|
During the visit we were separated into smaller groups and rotated around different stations. This enabled us to find out more about specific aspects of the project in depth. For example, we discovered how an object which had been recorded on the original database as one item actually contained multiple parts as it was a lacquered cabinet with lots of tiny boxes inside. It was a truly fascinating trip and thanks go to Andrew Hughes, Marina De Alarcon and Madeleine Ding for enabling it to happen.
|Education Guides scuttling round corners|
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Education Officer (Primary)