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The museum first started collecting artifacts around 1969 and we have approximately 55,000 items in our collection.
Doug Clarkson and Bert Tieman would travel around the countryside and when they saw something of interest in a farmer’s field they would go in and ask the farmer if they could have it. Some of the first collections that came to the museum belonged to R. Moody, H. Oxley, B. White, J. B. Oliver and H. Tuffell
Proper documentation of artefacts (accessioning) started around 1969.
All of the accessioning was done by volunteers. A large part of the accessioning process at the time was to hand draw pictures of the artefacts.
Some of the most elaborate drawings were done by Sharon Brooks. All files were hand written and organized using a card system using name, date and accession number cross reference process.
The first paid museum employee to work in Collections started in April 1999.
Now the Museum uses digital photographs and a computer database to maintain the records.
We have approximately 55,000 items in our collection including:
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