A blog written by Museum Remote Volunteer Amanda Ciccone.
Epping Forest District Museum has been working on a Review and Reimagine project since 2021, whereby the stored and displayed collection is audited. Objects are inspected, researched, and sometimes are put on display. Volunteers play a big part in every step.
Helen, museum volunteer since 2014, has been leading the compilation of an upcoming display of glass bells and goblets from the Bell Post House, which is now open to the public in the museum’s Core Gallery.
Four bells and two goblets are showcased. They appear to have been Christmas gifts from the 1980s – to whom exactly, whether to hotel guests or other customers, we aren’t entirely sure- and were eventually donated to the museum in 1995.
To ready these objects for public view, there is a particular process that the museum follows:
- Condition check – Assessing the object by describing its background, current physical state and other key questions- Is the object stable? Is it complete? How damaged is it? (Among other questions)
- Location and Movement control – Concerns the transfer logistics between storage and gallery spaces. Is the object’s location updated on the museum database?
- Research & Label writing for public display – Follows the V&A Gallery Text guidance to ensure the clearest, most suitable text possible. Never use long words where a short will do.
- Mount the object – Must think about how to best exhibit an object, taking environmental factors, the object’s state, and the best viewing conditions into consideration. How do we best display a glass object on a glass shelf?
When asked what she has learned from this experience of display compilation, Helen points out the cleaning of the glass (i.e., its conservation needs) and filling out the Condition checklist, as well as the mounting of the objects to prevent accidental vibration damage.
This display will remain out until MAY 2023. Come see these beautiful glass bells and goblets, and the product of many weeks of research and care to make this exhibition a reality.
Brava, Helen, on a job well done!
 If anyone in the public is aware of more of these glass bells and goblets in existence, don’t hesitate to let the museum know!
 The writer of this article has in fact chosen to follow this text writing method.