Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Forward Plan 2015-2018

 

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RAILWAY CENTRE

(WHOLLY OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE QUAINTON RAILWAY SOCIETY LTD.)

 ACQUISITION & DISPOSAL POLICY FOR THE MUSEUM COLLECTION









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Name of museum – Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Name of governing body – Executive Committee, Quainton Railway Society Ltd.

Date on which this policy was approved by governing body – 27th September 2014

Date at which this policy is due for review – September 2015

Introduction

The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre’s permanent collection is largely acquired, preserved, stored and documented under the direction of the elected trustees ( Executive Committee ) by the specialist curatorial Team ( Museum Management Committee )

1. Museum’s statement of purpose -

  • To become a nationally accredited museum.

  • To develop and maintain the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre as a working railway museum for the benefit, enjoyment and education of our users.

  • To provide suitable facilities for restoration, maintenance and demonstration of the centre working exhibits.

  • To provide high quality facilities to effectively store display and operate our exhibits with appropriate information and interpretation.

  • To fully document and archive material relevant to our exhibits and artefacts.

Our Mission Statement :-

“ To be a leading working heritage railway museum, by providing a high level of activity, general interest and interpretation, appealing to families and individuals of all ages. “

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2. Existing collections, including the subjects or themes and the periods of time and / or geographic areas to which the collections relate.

The Society’s Collection falls into nine broad categories, all regarded as part of the permanent museum collection.

  • Buildings and structures.

  • Locomotives.

  • Rolling Stock.

  • Signalling and Permanent way.

  • Other railway equipment (workshop machinery, platform trolleys, weighing machines etc )

  • Small relics ( Locomotive nameplates, number plates, documents, maps, posters, photographs, books, tickets, cast iron signs, enamel advertising signs, stations signs, clothing 7 uniforms, cutlery, crockery, furniture, stationary, models, toys etc. )

  • Non Railway items ( road vehicles, telephone exchange, auto trucks, etc.)

  • Items of particular historical significance to Quainton and the wider Buckinghamshire locality.

  • Items and memorabilia which reflect the impact and influence of the railways, upon the public and social history ( including newspaper and film archives )

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