Costume Society Museum Placement Award Application 2010
Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service
Museum Resource Centre
14 Ryegate Road
Essex CO1 1YG
Curator: Danielle Sprecher, Costume Curator
Second year BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design student at Colchester Institute
Course leader: Val Jacobs
Phone: 01206 518723
Preventative conservation, documentation, photography and display of hats in the Colchester costume collection
There are two discrete costume and textile collections at Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service of approximately 5000 objects each dating from the 1600s to the present day. Both collections require substantial work to improve documentation and/or storage.
The Colchester costume collection was moved in March 2008 from unsuitable and crowded attic storage in an eighteenth century building to a new museum store. Funds have been committed to support a documentation and preventative conservation project to repack and photograph the collection.
There are over 200 hats (including military helmets) in the Colchester costume collection. They are especially vulnerable because of their previous overcrowded storage and their need for adequate support when packed. The hats have been assessed by a hat specialist with particularly good examples being identified and advice given on how best to repack the collection. The hat collection requires organisation into a chronological order, documenting and research, repacking and photographing. A small display of hats is also planned for Hollytrees Museum in the summer of 2010 which will require assistance in mounting and installation.
Benefits to the Museum:
Benefits to the Volunteer:
Two days per week during July – August 2010
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