Having said all that and given a clear way forward, then it is still a good idea for the simple reason that I don't think that Hebburn will ever get its very own stand up museum. However, it still needs to be done properly on the basis of how real museum collections are created. That is a big job and not one that I would wish to become too much involved. Why? Because it is never ending and time consuming. I have just spent two and a half years of my life building a second sailing boat which I swore would never happen after spending the same amount of time building the first. Now I need my time to do all the other things that I have neglected that need sorting. Sometimes I think I spend too much time writing here but enjoy doing it in these aweful winter months when you can't get out much.
Anyway, I don't mind giving a bit of advice on set up but, there are more ways than one to skin a cat. Here's one common and logical way to do it....
You must have an aim and you must have a Collecting Policy. The aim is to create a Vitual 'Image' Museum (VIM) which will collect images of Atifacts that relate to the History of Hebburn. You must start with that strict goal so that you can control what you will or will not accept into your collection. There are many, many more points to ponder which we need not go into here.
From the outset, each accepted artefact (image) is given an Accession Number A/No. and a dated card/file raised. The image is captioned/marked with that number and given
a title and brief description. All files are kept in numerical order and can be updated at any time with additional information and referenced to other relevant items by A/No.etc.
That is quite enough to be going on with but there are other considerations to be made along the way....for instance, it could be accepted that the image of a warship is an artefact and so, every Image of those built at Hawthorns Leslies would qualify. Each card/file has the potential to take on the thickness of a history book and so it goes.
Norman already has many images of 'artifacts' so I would say that there needs to be some discussion on the subject to avoid any conflict of ideas.
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