Mu­seum on the hunt for an­swers af­ter col­lec­tion

Alpine Observer - - News -

AS a small mu­seum and a gen­eral rule, ev­ery­thing the Bright and District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety dis­plays must be rel­e­vant to the area.

How­ever, a col­lec­tion of old farm im­ple­ments at the Bright Mu­seum has mem­bers won­der­ing where and who the items came from.

“We have four ploughs, a cou­ple of scar­i­fiers and a wa­ter wheel mech­a­nism that we don’t know any­thing about,” Bright and District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety com­mit­tee mem­ber Diann Tal­bot said.

“If we knew who they came from we could put a tag on them say­ing ‘it be­longed to this per­son and was used dur­ing this time to do this’.

“As far as we know some­one could have bought some of the things at a clear­ing sale in Euroa and de­cided that they’d be good for the mu­seum.”

Ms Tal­bot said de­tails for every ac­qui­si­tion have al­ways been re­quested al­though lit­tle more than the words ‘do­nated’ where of­ten left when the mu­seum first opened.

“Two of the ploughs are in the ac­qui­si­tion book but there are no de­tails about them,” she said.

“Now when we get things do­nated an ac­qui­si­tion form is filled out which de­scribes the item, where it came from, who do­nated it, and what rel­e­vance it has to the district.”

Ms Tal­bot said un­less peo­ple with knowl­edge of the items or those who do­nated them come for­ward the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety will look to get rid of them.

“Be­cause we’re only a small mu­seum the pol­icy is if it’s not re­lated his­tor­i­cally to Bright or the sur­round­ing ar­eas, or a lo­cal fam­ily we re­ally move it on,” she said.

“Along with the early pi­o­neers of the area we’re try­ing to fo­cus on three things, the min­ing, the train and Chi­nese his­tory.

“If you took ev­ery­thing that came here you’d end up with 50 flat irons that have no rel­e­vance to the district, things that you see in every sec­ond mu­seum.

“The other thing is we don’t want peo­ple com­ing to us in five years’ time say­ing ‘my grand­fa­ther do­nated his plough can we see it’ and then we have to tell them we sold it on eBay two years ago.”

Peo­ple can con­tact Diann Tal­bot on 0409 473 362.

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