The installation of the roller-racking in the Les Casey Archive Room (LCAR) and the start of discussions with our designers, Qwerk, in January 2022 focussed our attention on the need to continue cataloguing our collections of artefacts, documents and photos.
In particular Qwerk asked for photos and dimensions of our artefacts, including the collection of paintings, currently in store at Sandridgegate, St Albans, to guide their proposals for cabinets and wall displays. David and Janet Keen have catalogued the paintings and a large representative sample of artefacts, in the form which will be required when – in due course – we seek accreditation as a museum. The paintings, mounted photos, and a selection of artefacts have already been moved from Sandridgegaate to the roller-racking.
On-going detailed discussions with Qwerk culminated with the Trustees’ approval of layout designs in October and the start of manufacturing of the component units at Qwerk’s workshops in November. Installation within the museum began in early December.
Meanwhile, Rosemary Ross and Kitty Moores have continued work on indexing documents and photos held in the local history room at Park Hall. With the help of volunteers, work started in the autumn to transfer documents from the various files and boxes to archive ring-binder boxes. These are being moved to a dedicated part of the roller-racking. This work will be followed by the transfer of the large collection of photo-prints from old filing cabinets to archive ring-binders.