Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Caring for the Collections

Staff from the collections and conservation departments have been beavering away at the Museum stores for the past two years on a re-storage and cataloguing project for the arrows in the museum collections. The Museum has a large number of arrows from all over the world which up until very recently have been largely inaccessible to researchers. Conservation and collection staff have organised arrows by geographical region and collector and re-stored them in special custom made Correx trays in three sizes to accommodate the smallest arrows to the largest. The project is now complete and over 5000 arrows have been catalogued and boxed in a new arrows store.  

New custom made correx boxes for arrow storage each holding 16 or 18 arrows supported in plastazote foam. These trays then fit into custom made archival quality boxes with 4 trays to a box © Pitt Rivers Museum

Cataloguing and numbering arrows at store
 © Pitt Rivers Museum

Old arrow storage 
© Pitt Rivers Museum

New arrows store © Pitt Rivers Museum

Shallow drawer in which arrows used to be stored with cable ties © Pitt Rivers Museum

Faye Belsey
Assistant Curator

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