Shine a Light: Project Update

There is no formal blog this week, but keep checking back as we have some great ideas lined up for the next few weeks. Instead this week we thought we would give you a quick update on our progress so far as well as some of our plans for the future.

By the end of next week we will be half way through our 24 mystery crates. We have been working hard to audit the objects, improve documentation and photographic records and in some cases object packing.

We have also been carrying out some important basic conservation work; many of our objects have been spending the week at -30c in our freezer. This is so we can eliminate any nasty bugs such as wood worm. Each object is carefully wrapped to protect it from the sub-zero conditions. Then once it has been in the freezer it is allowed to slowly return to room temperature before being unwrapped, this process kills any unwanted pests. Very few of our objects have any problems, but we are taking a cautious approach and freezing as many items as possible as a precautionary measure.

Smokers Bow Chair, originally used in a Norwich workhouse. It is wrapped in plastic ready for freezing. We also fill any voids with acid free tissue to prevent condensation as the object returns to room temperature.

Smokers Bow Chair, originally used in a Norwich workhouse. It is wrapped in plastic ready for freezing. We also fill any voids with acid free tissue to prevent condensation as the object returns to room temperature.

The crates have certainly thrown up an eclectic mix of objects, everything from python, ocelot and otter skin rugs…..

Python skin rug

Python skin rug

pianos, harmoniums and organs….

Harmonium

Harmonium

and even some ceremonial sword rests and mace stands used in mayoral processions. See previous blog….

Ceremonial sword rest. Used by three of Norwich's 19th century mayors.

Ceremonial sword rest. Used by three of Norwich’s 19th century mayors.

I am sure the next 12 boxes will hold more surprises and delights!! I am especially looking forward to opening box number 2 which according to our list contains a bishop’s throne!!!

As part of our promotion of the project we have had some recent coverage in  local paper the Eastern Daily Press.

Read the article

View photo gallery

We are also planning to have a stall at grandparent’s day on the 28th July at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, with some fun activities and information about the project, so please come and along and meet the team.

Looking ahead we have begun gathering quotes from racking companies, so that bespoke storage can be installed into the superstores. This will enable us to create the perfect space to provide the public with a fantastic space for tours and events.

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