I like “things”. As a child, I collected everything from stickers and rocks to coins. It makes sense that I was drawn to museum work because not only do I love objects, but I also enjoy the stories that are usually attached to them.
At the heart of any museum are its collections, research and education. Being new to the Museum, I wanted to quickly become familiar with our objects – once I had a sense of what we have, I could more easily connect the stories that I was rapidly learning. On a roll from the Mount Sheer online exhibition I created within my first couple weeks at Britannia, we came up with the idea of creating an online exhibit that featured artefacts that I picked from our storage.
Only about 10% of the museum’s collection is on display for the public to view. Although this may seem like a small number, many large and famous museums have as little as 3% of their collections on display. The majority of the Museum’s artefacts are currently stored in the Lead Plant which was rehabilitated to become a climate-controlled facility in 2008.
In the new online exhibition “Pieces from the Collection” you can see the objects that I picked based purely on aesthetics and read a little more about them. Although not every artefact has a story, I’m looking forward to learning them as time goes on!
Britannia Mine Museum Staff’s Favourite Artefacts
As a bonus, I was curious about what staff members considered their “favourite” artefact from our collection, so here they are in no particular order.