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Poole Museum Offers Opportunity To Identify Mystery Artefacts

If you have found something in the attic or while digging in the garden and want to know what it is, curators at Poole Museum Service can help.

Poole Museum Service has a long standing history of helping people to identify historical artefacts that they own or have found, but to extend the service, a curator is now available every Tuesday morning to answer enquiries directly and offer advice. While valuations will not be offered, the curator will provide an informed opinion on objects brought in and in relevant cases will undertake further research. This is a free, drop-in service so no appointment is necessary. People are also welcome to phone between these times, or send an email with photographs of the object if preferred. Curators can also help advise on how best to store historic objects.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "We all collect items that we might forget about and come across when doing our Spring cleaning. This fantastic new service offered at Poole Museum will allow people to find out more about their forgotten gems and I'll certainly be going through my attic to see if I can find any hidden treasures. I hope our residents will do the same."

The Museum Service is also pleased to accept items for its collection that add to the understanding and appreciation of Poole’s history, and will also consider such offers on Tuesday mornings. Objects are given careful consideration before being accepted, so those that might meet the criteria of the Service’s collecting policy will normally be taken in for research.

Curators will be available for consultation every Tuesday between 10.30am and 1pm. Poole Museum regrets that it is not able to receive artefacts for identification or considerations for donation at other times, except by appointment with a curator.

For further information contact the curators via museums@poole.gov.uk, tel: 01202 262600.