Culture Syndicates’ team of Heritage Assistants carried out collections care and database work at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s store. The team provided the capacity and skills needed to work through a documentation backlog within the geology and natural history collections in the store, and to store the collections to best practice standards.
Much of the Council’s collection was caught up in the South Yorkshire floods in 2007. As a result, some objects were left temporarily unidentified. As part of this project, our staff matched these objects with their records. We sorted through the collections to identify which objects were accessioned and which were for other uses, such as education handling objects. All of the collection that we worked with were repackaged to best practice standards, to ensure their safe storage.
Our team worked on retrospective documentation, working through the backlog in the geology and natural history collections. We used Adlib software, updating records to ensure that all vital information about the objects – enabling their identification and use – was completed.
The Culture Syndicates team provided much needed capacity for Rotherham’s collections team to help them work through a documentation backlog and ensure the effective cataloguing and storage of their geology and natural history collections.
12th June 2019