Micromuseums Archive: Call for material

Independent museums with up to 50,000 visitors each year are being encouraged to submit materials such as photographs, museum booklets and postcards to The Micromuseums Archive at the Bishopsgate Institute.

The Micromuseums Archive opened in March 2015 and houses materials relating to small independent museums in the UK. At present, the archive contains leaflets, booklets, and postcards that were collected by Dr Fiona Candlin in the course of her research and they are actively seeking to develop the holdings.

Dr Fiona Candlin and the Bishopsgate Institute believe that smaller independent museums make an important contribution to our cultural life and history, yet they rarely document their own exhibitions and history and if they close they can easily disappear from the public record.

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The Micromuseums Archive aims at documenting these venues and at enabling future study. They are particularly keen to receive information on or materials from museums that have closed. The items that they are interested in collecting include (but are not limited to):

*Photographs of museums (especially from the 1990s or earlier)

*Museum leaflets and booklets

*Postcards of museums and of museum exhibits

*Posters

*Collections registers and catalogues

*Correspondence

*Visitors’ books

If you have anything that you think might be suitable and would be willing to give to the archive, please contact Fiona on: f.candlin@bbk.ac.uk

You can also follow Fiona on Twitter at:  @FionaCandlin   @Micromuseums

Material can be posted to:

Fiona Candlin

Department of History of Art

Birkbeck, University of London

43 Gordon Square

London

WC1H 0PD

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