|Speke Hall, South Range|
|A winter volunteer, Tatiana, gently dusts the stairwell|
|A dedicated and steady handed volunteer inventory marking|
Inventory checking involves working through each item in the house, and using its unique reference number to determine whether it’s in its rightful place based on the inventory database. If an item doesn’t have a reference number, then it must go through the inventory marking process. This mark must be easily removable, so that it doesn’t damage the object, and it’s important that the right method is chosen. Here’s an example of a code that might be used for one of Mr Hardman’s cameras:
National Trust. Rodney Street. Scientific Instrument. Number 133
We can also use the code to look up whether the item has been given a condition report in the past. These reports are used to track the deterioration of each artefact over time, and also to provide a description of the object in case it is lost, stolen or accidentally damaged.
|Matthew is busy inventory checking our Ground Floor Office|
For our new volunteers (myself included), your first Winter can be a bit of a learning curve! There’s a lot of new information to take in, and skills to be learnt, but there’s no denying it’s a very enjoyable experience. If becoming a Winter conservation volunteer sounds like something you’d be interested in, then get in touch!
Winter Conservation Volunteer
The Hardmans' House