Showcasing Collections

animals showcaseI initiated a project to inventory and document all of Littlehampton Museum’s collections and improve access. In order to share some of this work with visitors, I successfully applied for a grant to help the museum to purchase a new showcase.

The case fulfils two purposes for the museum. Firstly, Littlehampton Museum wanted a place to showcase their recent acquisition of a rare and beautiful Anglo-Saxon hanging bowl mount, and secondly a space to display objects uncovered during the documentation project which have not been on display for a long time. Having secured funding from the South East Museum Development Programme, I liaised with a range of specialist manufacturers to find the most suitable supplier for the case, paying attention to detail and visiting the factory to talk through the design to ensure everything was correct. I managed every aspect of the project and oversaw the delivery and installation of the case.

The hanging bowl mount on displayTo ensure the case’s twin purposes where coherent I developed a series of displays of objects from the museum’s stores themed around the bowl mount. This intricately decorated object is fairly obscure so I wanted to find new ways for visitors to relate to it. I curated displays on the themes of animals (since the object has a zoomorphic design), travel and migration (highlighting links to early European migration) and craftsmanship. This allowed me to showcase a variety of collections while telling stories inspired by this one star object.