Collecting trees

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The Museum is reviewing how we collect objects. We have a Victorian encyclopaedic collection but how do we make this collection and future acquisitions relevant in the 21st century and to present and future audiences?

We are looking at piloting a thematic collecting programme rather than a ‘filling the gaps’ way of collecting and have chosen the theme of trees. As trees have been important to the environment and human culture throughout the ages, this theme fits well to the two key aims of the Manchester Museum which are to promote understanding between cultures and to promote the development of a sustainable world. We plan to collect not only physical museum objects, but also information and photographs which tell the stories surrounding objects.

If you have something to say then we wold love to hear it, whether you want to tell us about your favourite tree, recommend objects for us to collect or to comment on our collecting programme. These are the questions we are asking people:

Any initial thoughts or comments?
What additional information should we collect with the objects?
What do you think the museum should be collecting for future audiences, visitors and researchers?
Would you like to see this theme running throughout the gallery exhibitions or just a framework that we use to collect?
Do you think this theme would be relevant to local audiences or do you have any suggestions for other themes?


8 thoughts on “Collecting trees

    […] we enter 2013, here at the Museum we’ve been thing a lot about trees. Trees in ancient Egypt were comparatively rare, and quality timber had to be imported from abroad. […]

    Plant mounting | Trainee Biological Curator said:
    January 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    […] The museum has a lot of plant specimens that need mounting or re-mounting; some collected a long time ago and some recently collected.  If you’d like to learn more about how the museum continues collecting; based upon more of a thematic cross-discipline exercise rather than just ‘filling in gaps’, then check out our new collecting project on the theme of trees. […]

    biologycurator said:
    January 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Reblogged this on Biology Curator.

    […] conjunction with our ‘Collecting Trees’ project and as part of our ‘Discover Archaeology’ Big Saturday on February the 9th, the Museum is […]

    […] conjunction with our ‘Collecting Trees’ project and as part of our ‘Discover Archaeology’ Big Saturday on February the 9th, the Museum is […] said:
    February 14, 2013 at 10:12 am

    This is the 4th post, of your site I really went through.
    But I like this particular 1, “Collecting trees |
    Herbology Manchester” the very best. Thank you ,Terri

    Antonio Olmedo said:
    June 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    For a museum, one of the easiest and most useful ways to show information about trees is to have a collection of wood samples, and the information about their names and what each wood is useful for. It combines scientific knowledge with industrial, artistic and cultural knowledge.
    As an example, there is this private wood collection:

    Out of the Woods | Connecting With Collections said:
    December 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    […] For more information about the tree project take a look at the herbology blog: […]

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