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Museum needs volunteers

Tuesday, 17th March, 2020

Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum volunteer Bruce Nevill hard at work on the data entry of the museum’s archives. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum volunteer Bruce Nevill hard at work on the data entry of the museum’s archives. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

The Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum is in the process of recording data for thousands of items and needs more volunteers to help.

The museum is also looking for someone with medical knowledge to help identify vintage medical objects. 

Curator Christine Adams said the role of entering data into the Mosaic Programme only took a few hours a week.

“We started recording all items of memorabilia in the museum in about 2017, in a program called Mosaic, which is an actual museum program database,” said Christine. 

“It’s not a job that is definite hours, it’s something that someone can come in for an hour or two a week. As long as it’s between 10am and 3pm, they can pick their time,” she said. 

Christine said the previous volunteer had done “a wonderful job” but she and her husband had moved to Mudgee.

“Now have one volunteer who is coming in, and he also works as a volunteer one day a week in the general part of the museum, but he comes in when he can, and he thoroughly enjoys it.”

Christine said the data entry process was time-consuming, but much needed.

“It’s going to take us years and we’re just hoping that maybe there is someone in the community that maybe has recently retired and has computer literacy, maybe used to entering data, although we can teach that, who may like to come along and join our merry crew of volunteers.”

The museum was also looking for someone with some medical knowledge and background. 

“The one section that we have not even started entering the data in is the hospital museum,” said Christine.

“It’s a brilliant museum, and unfortunately we do not have a huge amount of memorabilia labelled, and people often ask ‘what was this used for?’

“Some of it is very, very old and we really are looking for someone who possibly has recently retired from the hospital that has some knowledge on all the kind of equipment that was used.

“We’re not just talking about big equipment, most of our big equipment is labelled. We’re talking about a lot of small equipment that’s down there and some of them are quite scary, and some are quite hairy.”

Christine said the museum could also do with more money.

“Everyone in putting their hands in the same bucket for grants, so we have to keep looking at ways of bringing more money through that door,” she said.

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