MVHG Visit Newark and Sherwood Museum Service Resource Centre - 7 May 2009
Resource Centre reveals ‘hidden treasures’
Members of the Muskham Vale Heritage Group were given a glimpse of some of the district’s 70,000 ‘hidden treasures’ at their monthly get-together on Thursday 7 May, 2009.
They visited the Newark and Sherwood Museum Service Resource Centre - a treasure trove of documents, discoveries, photographs and artefacts spanning centuries that have not found their way to any of the museums or libraries that are more accessible to the public.
Members were greeted by Glynn Hughes, the Senior Collection Officer with Newark and Sherwood District Council, assisted by collections officer Liz Shutler and researcher Keith Elliott.
Mr. Hughes explained that the Centre houses collections - comprising archaeology, costumes, art, social history, natural science, archives, photographs, local studies and family history - that had previously been scattered around 13 different stores including a Dutch barn that had a roof but no sides.
He added that anyone who owns or finds an item that they believe to be of historical interest or value will be welcomed by the Centre. If it is deemed a treasure, they would alert the Coroner, invite the British Museum to analyse and value it, and help to track the progress of this sometimes time-consuming process.
“We are here to enhance the story of this district,” he said before members were given a guided tour of some of the ‘treasures’ packed into the two-storey building, which is almost certain to be expanded once discoveries from the dualling of the A46 begin to flow in.
The Centre on the Brunel Industrial Estate in Newark is now open by appointment on Wednesdays, Thursdays (12.30pm to 5pm), Fridays (9am to 1.30pm) plus Saturdays (9am to noon); and people can phone or email their inquiries to 01636 655777 or email@example.com
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