Machine Tools Project

STICK embarked on a Machine Tools Project to build upon the success of the joint STICK/NMS ‘Old Tools, New Uses’ Effective Collections project in 2011, which reviewed domestic technology and hand tool collections in Scottish museums and produced educational resources plus a master catalogue.

We aimed to re-focus Scottish engineering and machine tools collections as an accessible resource for understanding basic engineering principles and processes. Historic machine tools are an ideal resource for engineering students to study as unlike modern CNC machines most of their working parts are visible.

We aimed to better understand our collections in the context of industrial, social and technical history and to share that information with our peers via a master catalogue. This will meet one of the key aims behind the founding of STICK, to help curators better understand their industrial collections.

STICK Machine Tools Catalogue

The Machine Tools Catalogue is complete and can be downloaded in full here, with a document listing the records included here.