Saturday, 29 June 2013

New Models Enter The Museum

It is worthy to note that not every item donated to The Helicopter Museum is in pristine condition. Many items are long lost treasures that have been squirreled away in lofts and garages for years if not decades...if not longer. This means that a number of processes must first be completed before items can enter The Museum collection. This is not purely for the conservation needs of the items in question but also to ensure no damage is done to existing items at The Museum through contamination.

(above) Top half cleaned and the bottom half yet to be attempted, what a difference!

A prime example of this process was employed just the other day when a new batch of company production models came through The Museum's doors. As you can see above, some of the models looked in a particularly un-loved state; but after some elbow grease, anti-bacterial cleaner, a conservation vacuum cleaner and some pest traps, the models should be in good enough condition to put on display in the next few weeks.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Slide Project

One of the most exciting projects currently taking place in The Museum is a digitization of slides taken from our media store. Volunteer Dick Cavill has been taking some of our slides home each week and carefully scanning them using a machine capable of scanning slides and negatives.

The results have been great and Dick has uncovered some real gems. Check out our very own XL829 pictured in Aden in completely different livery. Keep up the good work Dick!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013