Collections inventory and digitisation project
We have been busily working in the background to inventory the South Lanarkshire museum collections that are held in storage. Since 1996, the collection has grown from four merged local authority collections and continues to expand.
We were delighted to have been awarded Strategic Investment funding from Museums Galleries Scotland in 2014 and in 2016, for additional posts for one year, to help undertake our cataloguing and digitisation work. It has also allowed us to purchase conservation packing materials and equipment needed to keep the collections preserved for the future.
This is important behind the scenes work as it enables us to develop the collections and seek out those which can be used for online resources, exhibitions, educational projects and for new gallery displays in Low Parks Museum. It also allows us to identify and prioritise items that are in need of conservation.
Research is also being carried out into our archaeological collections, particularly our Bronze Age objects. We have been liaising with contacts at other museums to help identify their usage, history and provenance.
Over the next two or three years we will continue to seek external funding support to progress with this large project, including several smaller projects for specific parts of the collection.