Old Tools New Uses
In October 2011, we celebrated the completion of the ‘Old Tools, New Uses’ project at Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life, Coatbridge. The network received a £25,000 grant from the Museums Association’s Effective Collections scheme (sponsored by Esmee Fairbairn) in 2009 to undertake a collections review, produce a learning resource and consider rationalisation and sustainability issues surrounding the collections. The project has surpassed its original ambitions and is now making public its achievements.
- Production of a Master Catalogue of Scottish typewriters, sewing machines and domestic tools.
- Production of Guidance Materials for future curators to undertake reviews of sewing machines and typewriters.
- Learning Resources for Schools to encourage pupils to work with domestic tool collections to understand their past and present use, to encourage enterprise, sustainability and innovation.
- Model loan boxes for Scottish Museums to use as templates to produce (at low cost) experiences that can be used by local schools/families around project collections.
- Collections Disposal to partner charities, Workaid and Tools for Self Reliance.