My week at the Farmland Museum started out with the Denny Abbey archaeological collection 😀
The Education Officer, Chris, was in need of a handling collection for school groups of the archaeological material from Denny Abbey. Now there is nothing I like more than poking around in archaeological collections, so I was quite happy to do it.
This past week I have been at the Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio in Howth, just outside of Dublin. It is a museum that celebrates collecting, and Pat Herbert has built an incredible collection going back to the very beginnings of radio. I will write a post soon that goes into more detail about the history of radio (I am working on an online exhibit on the subject for the museum), but today I want to talk about the story behind Nipper the HMV dog.
The Vindolanda Charitable Trust will be my first stop of the summer, June 2-13. Though it would not be correct to say this museum is the cause of the Wandering Museum Consultant project, it is most definitely the catalyst, which brought it to life. Friends at Vindolanda, whom I know through my position as Learning Coordinator at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology(MOA), invited me to come and spend two weeks for a professional exchange. The main reason being the relative similarity between the two museums; both Vindolanda and MOA are archaeological sites combined with interpretive museums.
Things have been slowly coming together for the Wandering Museum Consultant project, and my departure date is fast approaching.
I will be spending most of the summer in the UK, with a two week stop in Dublin, Ireland. I will be posting quick introductions to each of the Museums I will be working with over the next month before I leave.
This use of foam board is simple. A low-cost reusable chalkboard for adding an interactive element to your temporary exhibitions.
I created this chalkboard for the extremely low budget Lost Collections of the Ancient World exhibit. One of the central objects in the exhibit was a large clay pot full of perforations, the “Mystery Vessel,” so named because we did not know the original intended purpose of this pot. So, we asked exhibit visitors to write what they thought it might be on the chalkboard. This helped add an evolving and interactive component to the exhibit.
The chalk can be removed just like from a regular board. You can of course paint chalkboard paint directly onto a wall, but the foam board ‘s light weight and portability allow it to be easily hung and re-hung in different locations throughout the museum and exhibits.
One foamboard (cut to size)
Chalkboard paint (you can purchase this at most hardware stores, or try making your own, it’s cheaper, and you can make it any colour you want!)
Step 1: Paint the foam board with an even layer of chalkboard paint
Step 2: Let it dry
Step 3: Use the finishing nails, one at each corner (plus one more along the middle of each edge – if making a large chalkboard) by gently taping in the finishing nails – this takes practice, you don’t want to hit the foam board with your hammer – It will dent!
And you’re done!
Further suggestion: Do you want to have a full wall chalkboard without the permanency? Try painting multiple foam boards and puzzling them together on the wall.
If you have a Budget Museum Hack of your own, let me know! I would welcome guest blogs in this series 🙂