STICK Projects

STICK exists to promote the care and enjoyment of transport and industry collections.  One of the ways we can achieve this is through project and partnership working to encourage wider engagement with these collections across Scotland.

Industrial Object Conservation Training

STICK delivered a three day industrial object conservation training course at the National Mining Museum Scotland in early April 2017.  The course was aimed at non-specialist museum staff and volunteers who have been tasked with caring for industrial collections with complex needs, and who do not have routine access to conservators and conservation resources.  The aim was to upskill and give confidence to these individuals to enable them to better care for their collections and have confidence in managing and documenting preventative conservation projects in their organisations.

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Machine Tools

STICK has 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.

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ReCREATE is a multidisciplinary research network to rediscover and reconnect the tools, materials, laboratory and workshop environments, manufacturing skills and experimental practice that Scotland used to make colourful decorative textiles in the Industrial Revolution.

Building on successes from the interdisciplinary knowledge exchange network ReINVENT, ReCREATE develops and strengthens links between academic and heritage sector researchers in the sciences, arts, and humanities through four innovative networking meetings where the collaborators examine and discuss historical materials, tools & equipment, textiles, and documents now in museums, archives and trusts.

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Old Tools, New Uses

Our Old Tools, New Uses project which is part of the Museums Association’s Effective Collections Scheme celebrated its completion on the 26th October at Summerlee.

The project has been very successful since its launch in June 2010 by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, who praised the project for its ‘creativity and collaboration’. From drop-in surgeries across Scotland to disposing of objects to artisans in Africa – the project is unmistakably a success and is now drawing to a close.

Further information about the project can be found by following the OTNU links in the left hand menu bar.  There is information about the launch, master catalogue and educational resources related to the project.