We were delighted to have visitors from so many other Alumni offices yesterday afternoon. Our current Museum Curator and Archivist, Dr Kathy Wheeler gave a short presentation on how the Bishops Museum digitised its collection. This was well received and each person had much to contribute to a very stimulating and congenial afternoon.
it is surprising how many schools have their own museums, ranging from a single display cabinet to a custom-built museum building. Most schools, even those in disadvantaged areas, are proud of their heritage and tradition.
During the afternoon broader connections with other schools were also spoken about. An interesting mention of the German School was made and the long history we have with Germany as a nation.
Kathy Wheeler has helped Herschel, a few years ago, to update and organise their archives. She compiled an inventory for them to help them to digitise.
We, at Bishops are incredibly fortunate to have our well kept museum and the potential to continue to develop it. This is largely due to Dr Paul Murray who has been the archives champion. He was visionary when he decided to digitise the content of the archives and museum a while ago. As Kathy said:
This was very insightful in the light of the losses sustained by UCT in the recent fires.
We are also eager to harness the expertise of Dr Kathy Wheeler during her time with us so that we can learn as much as possible about how best to continue to preserve everything in our museum.
She is one of the first museum curators to become involved in digitizing collections, Kathy has managed and compiled databases for a number of important collections in Cape Town. While at Bishops she will be compiling a database for the current collections and from there she will formulate a master plan to take the museum to new heights when Dr Murray returns after his time away in Cambridge.
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