Victoria Barlow, the Museums Director, presented the Annual Review
to the Committee.
Barlow highlighted to the Committee that:
·The Learning Team had run several workshops based on
WW1 and WW2 and which related to the artefacts and history of the
Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment Museum Trust (QORWKRMT)
throughout 2017. In total 338 school children engaged specifically
with the collection and gallery in formal learning activities since
·There had been increased social media presence
relating to QORWKRMT after suggestions from this
·Several items from the collection, such as the Keys
to Jerusalem, had been lent to the Tower of David Museum in
Jerusalem for a temporary exhibition. This had increased publicity
of the QORWKRMT.
·During 2017, 23 items had been donated, accessioned
and added to the QORWKRMT collection. Highlights of the newly
acquired items were:
oA Christmas card;
oMaterials from Malta; and
oA colour sergeant’s sash.
·The Collections Development Panel, made up of
representatives from across the Museum’s departments, met
each quarter to assess and decide on items offered for donation. A
more sustainable and strategic approach was being undertaken and as
such a number of items offered to QORWKRMT were not accepted. This
was primarily because the items were already duplicated or did not
fit the collecting policy.
·Café Culture sessions have increased in
popularity and during 2017 a WW1/QORWKR themed session was run.
This session included a talk by the regimental volunteer Mr Steve
·Mr Finnis continued to
work on the QORWKRMT photographic collection. The information was
in the process of being updated by staff and would be uploaded to
Adlib (the new collections management system) by the end of
response to questions from the Committee, Ms Barlow replied
·She would speak to the Learning Team about inviting
Veterans to attend sessions with schoolchildren.
·Everything that had been donated to the QORWKRMT in
2017 had been archived.
·Items that had been archived from the collection
could be moved into the gallery if other items were placed back
into the archives.
Committee suggested that the collection in the gallery should be
changed more frequently and that the profile of the collection be
raised in order to attract more visitors and donations.
Committee requested that an informal meeting be arranged at the
Museum to assess whether to place a floor sticker around the
collection box and to discuss the collection.
Committee congratulated Officers on the success of the Café