Our Curatorial/Collections staff along with their volunteers have been conducting an inventory of the entire museum collection. This means pulling out every single box from every single shelf and inspecting each and every item inside. Not only is it a chance to check on the item’s condition, but also to make sure it is properly labeled and stored, in the place where it is supposed to be.
With 14,000 items already accounted for, staff from other departments are chipping in for the final push. Given the diversity of our collection, it’s always an adventure. A recent day’s work had staff inspecting Japanese marionettes, Chinese paper dolls, a Balinese mask, a small Buddhist shrine and a well-loved toy oxcart (with ox!)
After the physical effort is done; it is time to review the findings, and update the Collections Database records as needed.