Volunteers help audit historic collection

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The skills of quality control and audit honed by a team of volunteers in their day job at IT company Capgemini were put to good use by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

On Wednesday 22 April, curators were joined by thirty willing ‘auditors’ from Capgemini’s Telford offices. The team of volunteers were mobilised to help the Museum catalogue a wide variety of Victorian artefacts being displayed in the newly opened shops along Canal Street at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

Capgemini volunteers from l to r: Suki Lalli and Ravi Kaur

From left to right: Capgemini volunteers Suki Lalli and Ravi Kaur.

The volunteers catalogued the museum’s display artefacts by assigning unique reference numbers, photographing and documenting the items. Working alongside the Museum’s curators, they undertook a systematic exhibit-by-exhibit audit  recording everything from ink bottles and Post Office scales, delicate lace and garments from the Drapers to a whole range of household goods from the Sweet Shop’s ‘Front Room’. Canal Street opened to the public this Easter. It is the first of several new attractions at Blists Hill Victorian Town that will be opening in 2009.

The site curator Traci Dix-Williams commented: “It is wonderful to see Canal Street filled with visitors and Capgemini volunteers. Cataloguing so many small objects is a hard and thankless task but one that the volunteers have risen to with enthusiasm and they have all shown great care and a fine eye for detail. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is very grateful to Capgemini as, with their help, this task will be completed in just a few days rather than the weeks it would have taken our small team.” 

Libby May from Capgemini says: “The  new shops along Canal Street are amazing and we are delighted to be able to help the Museum record the objects that are filling the different buildings.  A good team day out for us has opened our eyes to the dedication and work of the Museum and helped with the audit.”

For further information about the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, contact the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on Tel: 01952 884 391 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).  

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