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Out and About with the Curator

August 28th, 2013

I spent an enjoyable couple of days out last week visiting Blackpool and Birmingham. I was in Blackpool first with some of our Workshop team, looking at Blackpool & Fleetwood tramcar no.40, and then Birmingham the following day to see Midland Metro tramcar no.11 launched back into service after it recent livery change.

Blackpool & Fleetwood tramcar no.40, or Box 40 as it is also know, has been on long term loan to Blackpool Transport for more than seventeen years and can still be seen processing along the sea front as part of the heritage tram weekends.

Can You Help?

August 13th, 2013

The Curatorial department receives quite a few enquiries each month, covering all manner of things, and so I thought I would use Curator’s Choice this month to see if anyone can help with a recent enquiry I’ve received about identifying an object.

Highlight from the Collection

June 28th, 2013

It’s all go again here at the Museum, as we’re loaning out another one of our trams, which will make it three so far this year! This time we are taking Southampton 45 to Kimberley in Nottinghamshire, for an event to celebrate the centenary of the opening of the Notts & Derby tramway.

Originally planned as a tramway system that would cover nearly 79 miles, it eventually ended up being less than 15miles when the tramway opened in 1913.

Chesterfield Horse Tram – Going Home

April 30th, 2013

The count down is on, only a few more days to go before Chesterfield horse tram no. 8 takes a little trip down memory lane, as it returns to Chesterfield for the first Chesterfield Arts Festival being held from Thursday 2nd May – Monday 6th May 2013. The tram will be on display in Rykeld Square, outside the Visitor Information Centre on Saturday 4th May from 10am – 4pm.

Not Trams But Buses!

March 26th, 2013

The Curatorial Department receives a number of requests throughout the year for copies of images from our photographic collections. These requests can be for personal use, often as presents for people who grew up in an area where the photograph was taken, or for commercial purposes for use in a publication.

I thought I would tell you about a recent request which I’ve just finished work on, as it’s a bit different in that nearly all the images were of buses not trams!

Online Catalogue - Archive Photos

February 15th, 2013
February’s Curator’s choice is a bit more of a help feature this month. A few people have been asking recently how to access our Archive photographs in the new Adlib Online Catalogue. The catalogue is quite a bit different to our old version, so here are a few instructions to get you started.

Looking Forward

January 11th, 2013

Happy New Year from the Curatorial Department. So I have one New Year’s resolution for 2013 in relation to Curator’s Choice, and that is that there is at least one post every month for Curator’s Choice. I didn’t do very well last year so I’m going to try harder to keep you up to date on what we’re doing.

Street Furniture - What's That?

September 14th, 2012
This months' Curator's Choice has been written by Sarah Colebourne-Viggers, who is currently interning with the Curatorial and Learning Departments at the Museum. Sarah has been researching the Museum's street furniture recently so have a read and see what she's found out.

It's all about the Trams!

July 19th, 2012

Hello! So I realised about a week ago that I’d missed my monthly post for last month. You could be forgiven for thinking oh well nothing much perhaps was going on during June, well far from it. In fact the last month has really all been about the TRAMS.

How Innocent is a Paper Clip?

May 22nd, 2012

Now there’s no need to worry, I’ve not gone mad; there really is a very good reason why I’ve decided to talk about paper clips. They’re really not the innocent little metal fastening which always seem to be lurking at the bottom of your pencil pot.

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