December 19, 2023

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Close up image of a Christmas tree with an AMHT bauble and a cardboard robin made by Preservation Equipment Limited

And what a year 2023 has been. 

It has been jam-packed with so much amazing work and so many wonderful people. Before we take a well-earned rest over Christmas I thought I’d share some of my collections highlights from this year.

  • We’ve carried on working towards Museum Accreditation, the UK industry standard for museums and galleries, run by Arts Council England. The scheme ensures organisations are sustainable, focused and trusted, and it helps us make sure we manage the collection properly, engage with visitors and are governed appropriately. By working towards it, and hopefully achieving it!, we are showing that we are dedicated to what we do and meeting a recognised standard.

  • We started the year with installing some new object mounts in the museum. Our steering wheels and a number of other items are now ideally supported and it has refreshed the look of our displays. I hope to carry on with this renewal project but it has been great to see the progress made so far.

Image shows collections items laid out on a table on their newly made mounts
Image shows the Collections Manager, a young white woman, doing a thumbs up in front of a display cabinet where new mounts have been installed

  • Also established at the beginning of this year was our Acquisition & Disposal Committee, which, as you’ll know if you’ve read the Hammer Time blog!, is responsible for discussing new items coming into the collection and also well-thought through and considered disposals. We’ve had some brilliant donation offers this year and my personal favourite is the DB5 bar of soap – what’s not to love!

Red DB5 soap bar with Zinnat stickers on the roof and door
John Warden Photography
  • In June we introduced our first on-site temporary exhibition which celebrated the centenary of 24 Hours of Le Mans. The exhibition featured cars which raced at Le Mans from 1934 to 1989 alongside associated items and photographs, and a history of Aston Martin and Le Mans. What a way to start our temporary exhibitions programme.

  • As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations in August we created another temporary exhibition all about AMHT. AMHT25 was the subject of my very first Collections Corner blog, which also started in August this year.

Image shows a display of interpretation boards and display cabinets that formed the AMHT25 exhibition
John Warden Photography
  • We’ve done a lot of work this year to improve our collections storage and security and have organised, upgraded and consolidated.

Its been a busy one to say the least!

Much of the collections work we’ve done has been aided invaluably by our volunteers and I wouldn’t want to wave goodbye to this year without marking their contribution. They have given us so much of their time and energy, and have located thousands of collections items and helped with so many different tasks. It makes a huge difference to what we’ve been able to achieve. Thank you so much to you all!  

Mulled wine and mince pies are calling so it’s time to sign off.

We’ll be back to do it all again in 2024!

Image of a decorated Christmas tree with presents underneath

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