BRC has made
considerable progress in the last 3-5 years, particularly in its
standards of museum collections care and management, with the
implementation of full computer documentation and much improved
storage and conservation, including expanded and fully accessible
displays, archive and library rooms in the Buffer Depot.
assets of the museum comprise the 25 acre site, working artefacts,
small artefacts, archives and a library. Up to 70% of the collection
of small artefacts is displayed and interpreted in a permanent
exhibition under cover. The Documents and other paper ephemerals are
available by prior arrangement to researchers and other interested
parties. This system is satisfactory and workable although it is
always under review with the intention of improvement in
accessibility for research.
artefacts consist of locomotives, carriages and wagons which have
been restored and are operated for demonstration and rides to the
visiting public; 90% of this category is on display with basic
interpretation, under cover and in the open.
currently uses an Acquisition & Disposal Policy for the
Museum Collection as its governing document with regard to the
collection. This document, approved in September 2014, sets out
policies and instructions for all activity regarding the Museums
collection and sets out the strategy for care, management and
disposal of the collection.
Since 2013 the
entire collection has been catalogued on a database to SPECTRUM
Procedure. This catalogue is regularly updated with new items and is
available, as a research tool to any interested parties.
combination of too much rolling stock waiting for restoration, piles
of disused metal, timber and engineering parts, volunteers cars
and caravans, make some of the public outdoor areas of the site
looked run down and neglected. Our enthusiastic and unplanned
approach to large artefact restoration often results in restoration
efforts being directed at too wide a variety of projects.
We need to take an
objective look at the reserve collection with a view to rationalising
it, disposing of stock that is not relevant to the museums
vision or our restoration capacity.
In due course we
aim is to be able to store all our rolling stock under cover, either
by erecting a new building or by making better use of our existing buildings.
Health & Safety signage throughout the museum is often unclear.
We need to make a significant effort to improve standards of
presentation in the parts of the site on the visitor route. We also
need to communicate to everyone in the organisation that the whole
Centre is a museum.