I know it’s been quite a while since my last post. I apologize for that. Things at the museum are beginning to slow down. It seems like things have been speeding along since last September. Mourning to Sherlock Holmes, to Christmas, to textiles…whew! It takes a lot out of a organization. Well, with a break in programs (except the Book Club; it’s still meeting on the last Thursday of the month!) it’s time to look inward and care for the museum. This old house needs a bit of tlc!
First on the list is inventory! Have you ever completed an inventory before? Well, I’ve worked on inventorying stock back during my coffee shop days and it’s a bit tedious. How many chai syrups do we have? How many bags of breakfast blend are on the shelf? How many blue tumblers do we have for sale? Oh, the glory days.
Well, a museum inventory is slightly different and will take a lot longer than a “simple” coffee shop inventory. We have to go through every item in the museum (this will be done on a room by room basis) and see if it has an ID number (all objects should have an object ID number). If it does, we have to see if that number has been entered into our computer cataloging system and be sure that it has a photo to help identify it. If it doesn’t, then a number has to be assigned, the object needs to be marked, etc. It’s going to a be an intensive process for which we will need lots of volunteer and intern help.
So, if you’re ever interested in lending a hand, contact me at the Whaley House or show up to our volunteer meeting on Aptil 7 at 10:30 am! I hope to see you there!