We are Sue and Alan Haddock and are volunteers for Salisbury Museum, where we work in pairs to identify, record and pack certain objects which are currently held in storage. The items are the artefacts from The Pitt Rivers Collection which were previously held at Farnham Museum prior to being packed and despatched to Salisbury Museum. Our volunteer work is part of The Finding Pitt Rivers Project which is under the direction of Jane Ellis-Schön who is the Project Curator.
We are both members of Spire U3A and it was the desire to form a closer link between the local U3A groups and Salisbury Museum that started us out on the road to volunteering. In 2013 the local U3A groups linked up with Salisbury Museum to provide two study archaeological days for all those members who were interested. We had a day in the classroom with presentations given by Jane Ellis-Schön the Project Curator and Adrian Green the Salisbury Museum Director, followed by a day ‘out in the field’ exploring some of the landscape which had formed part of our ‘in house’ day. This was a great success and we know that everyone enjoyed these days so much that we have already requested a similar study venue for this year for all the U3A members who want to keep their ‘grey matter’ in prime working order.
We have always been interested in historical matters and now that we are both retired we have the time and the quest to expand our knowledge and at the same time provide help towards the Finding Pitt-Rivers Project. We both felt that this would be an interesting and rewarding project to be part of, providing us with the opportunity to hold objects, understand more about them and learn about their storage and conservation.
We started as Volunteers in January 2015 and we are currently working our way through the many boxes crammed full of various artefacts that General Pitt-Rivers and his team of archaeologists excavated in both Dorset and Wiltshire.
The aim of this project is to identify and catalogue all the items currently held in storage and this information will then be entered onto the museum database so that at any time researchers can view the collection held at Salisbury by just going on-line.