The Scottish Fisheries Museum is proud winner of the 2018 Collections Trust Award for a project on our costume collection. Mel Ruth Oakley, Assistant Curator (Collections), accepted the award on behalf of the Museum at last week’s Collections Trust Conference.
This year’s award celebrated the best use of the national standards for managing a museum collection and was awarded to our curatorial team for their work on a pilot project to better understand and make use of the specialised clothing worn by fishermen and women.
The Scottish Fisheries Museum has an important and significant costume collection. Preserving the costume of those who took part in this important industry ensures the survival of the industrial and working class history. The museum has been conducting a review of this collection in order to properly understand what we have, where it is, its condition and how it is being and could be used.
Mel Ruth, the project lead, said
“it is wonderful to win the 2018 Collections Trust award for our costume work as it highlights the important work which goes on behind the scenes to care for this important and Nationally Recognised collection”.
With the award the museum will be investing in the management of the collection. The collections work within museum can often be overlooked in comparison with the public facing role that the museum plays in the community. However, it is the behind the scenes activity which allows this to happen. This investment into our work with our costume will ensure that significant items including our Ganseys have the best environment required for their preservation and that they can be used for our outreach and exhibitions programmes.
You can find out more about the award at: https://collectionstrust.org.uk/news/collections-trust-award-winner-2018-announced/
A brief overview of the Scottish Fisheries Museum costume collection is available at: http://www.scotfishmuseum.org/perch/resources/threadsbyjgordon.pdf