Old Tools, New Uses – Project Papers

This page contains project documents and updates for the Old Tools, New Uses project.  The Master Catalogue and guidance documents are available here.

June 2011 Update

The master catalogue is now available here.

April 2011 Update

The Old Tools, New Uses project is nearing completion. David Woodcock is putting the final final final touches to the master catalogue and creating some guidance material to go along with it – look out for it on the website soon.

Our Education Consultant, Allan Randall, is working with North Lanarkshire council to produce resources to reflect the 3 object types included in the review, domestic hand tools, typewriters and sewing machines. We are looking forward to seeing these in action soon.

The project has also disposed of items from 3 organisations: North Lanarkshire Council, Dalgarven Mill and National Museums Scotland have travelled the length and breadth of the UK to get to our charity partners, Tools for Self Reliance and Workaid, where they will be recycled/refurbished for a new life. More on this on the blog!


Flyer – Print out our flyer to display in your own museum.

Collections Scope -This document gives some background to the project and details about the types of objects and collections that the project is seeking to review in particular.

Drop-in Workshops Outline -This document explains how the drop-in workshops will work, what we will require you to do on the day and what you can expect to get out of them.

Project Update August 2010 – This document provides an update on the progress of the project, the success of the data collection for the master catalogue and the role of the Schools Education Project Manager.

Project Update June 2010 – This document reports on the success of the launch and explains how organisations can get involved.

Project Update May 2010 – This document provides an update on the progress of the project and introduces our specialist subject adviser David Woodcock.

Project Update October 2010 – This document reports on the September workshops.