It's Museum Week and we're giving you behind-the-scenes insight into how we care for our historic collection.
As Collections Officer, I am responsible for the care and documentation of our objects - both those on display and those in storage. With over 40,000 objects, collections work is never done - there is always something that needs checking, cataloguing, relocating or researching - but the variety of our collection ensures that no two days are the same. We look after jerseys, boots, caps, photographs, artworks, books, trophies, tickets, match programmes and dinner menus; we have gifts presented by teams visiting Twickenham and souvenirs brought back by England teams touring abroad. We look after many interesting and unusual items and we enjoy sharing them with you through our From The Vaults blog.
Whenever the museum acquires a new object, it gets added to our collection database. The record will contain all the information we have about it, including its date, dimensions, provenance, condition notes, a description, and its new storage location. Whether it is a nineteenth-century photograph, a modern World Cup jersey or a letter written by a rugby player fighting in the First World War, all items are catalogued in as much detail as possible before being safely stored. This ensures that the collection is easily searchable when museum staff are researching for an exhibition or helping a researcher with an enquiry.