Hinckley & District Museum’s collection of more than 6,000 items of social history is being digitally recorded thanks to a donation by Hinckley & Rugby Building Society.
The Society has donated £600 for a computer for the volunteer-run Museum on Lower Bond Street. A six-strong team of volunteers has been trained on the software that will enable them to record the collection.
Digitising its records means the Museum will be able to better access information about the items and eventually give the public online access to the new database.
The collection includes the industrial history of the local hosiery, boot and shoe manufacturing, plus militaria, document archives, theatre programmes, photographs, and even a fragment of the Barwell meteorite.
As an Arts Council England Accredited Museum, Hinckley & District Museum has to meet a range of national standards including on its cataloguing of the items in its care.
Phillip Lindley, the Museum’s secretary and curator, said: “We thought it was time to get into the modern era and that’s why we asked for support. Having the collection recorded digitally will make finding objects that much easier, for us when putting together new exhibitions and for researchers.”
“Hinckley & Rugby’s £600 donation has meant we could buy a state of the art computer with a large screen. Our volunteer user group is raring to go.”
“We’ve had a good relationship with Hinckley & Rugby for several years. We very much appreciate such support from our local building society. We are both very much part of the local community so it is great to work together.”
Hinckley & Rugby staff Carla Loughrey and Jamie Clarke visited the Museum on the day the volunteers were being trained to use the Modes software.
Carla said: “It was fascinating to learn how having the computer will help the Museum and its volunteers. They have a sizeable task ahead to catalogue the collection in its entirety but we’re very pleased to have helped them get the tools they need to do the job.”