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Thursday, 14 April 2011

Introduction to Museum Research

Lyme Regis Museum is lucky enough to have an active Research Team, who are involved in a number of ongoing projects as well as organizing several exhibitions a year. Most of the team’s work is now put on computer which allows for easier access of information.

The Research Team is mainly made up of volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds and past careers. While Richard Bull has been delving into the museum’s archives, Team Leader Graham Davies has been going out into the local community for the last three or four years, listening to people’s stories and borrowing documents and photos for the team to study and record. This benefits both the lender and the museum: there is an exchange of information, the museum database expands, and information is safeguarded for future generations in case the original documents are accidentally lost or destroyed.

Newspapers are an important source of historical information... yesterday’s news is history! The Research Team has access to a thirty year collection of local newspapers. Why not come and help us read them?

[Many thanks to Rikey Austin of Alice's Bear Shop, who originally produced this sketch for the recent Industrial Lyme exhibition.]

For more information (or if you would like to get involved yourself) please see Research at Lyme Regis on the main website.

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