With us not having been able to welcome guests into the Museum for some time now, we’ve been putting a lot of work into new ways of bringing Wycombe Museum to you digitally. We’re really proud of our new easy-to-use website full of new content on local history and our collection, our new digital exhibitions Windows on Wycombe in Lockdown and Me and My Chair, and much more.
If you read our blog post A Thank You to Arts Council England in December, you will have read about everything that we have been able to produce thanks to their funding. That post also contained a preview for a few things we were still working on. And now we’re ready to let you see one more of them.
We’re very excited to launch a public searchable database for Wycombe Museum’s chair collection.
This will be a great resource for researchers, chair enthusiasts, and the generally curious alike – you can search for chairs made by named individuals and factories, as well as where they were made. The information files for each chair are directly from our collections information database, which has only previously been accessible via staff at the Museum.
It’s something that we have been wanting to make public for a very long time, but until now have not had the capacity or opportunity to do so. But, with the invaluable help of Chris at DADD Design and Digital Development, who has helped us with all our new web content, and funding from ACE, we’ve been able to produce something really exciting for the future of helping the public better connect with Wycombe’s furniture making history.
In this first instance, we have selected a representative cross-section of the kind of chairs we look after, with a view to over time expand the database to include our full chair collection. This current selection covers only around 10% of the 375 chairs Wycombe Museum has in our care, and we look forward to being able to share more with you in the future.
Take a look for yourself!