REQUESTS FOR RESOURCES AND MATERIALS
Deeds from The Antelope
- The Museum welcomes enquiries about its work and the collections and seeks to encourage public interest in and research into the history of the Sherborne area.
- The Museum will make every effort to make materials accessible, however some may be unavailable for reasons of conservation, copyright restriction, protection of privacy or donor agreements.
- No accessioned material from the archives or library, or items waiting to be accessioned, may be removed from the museum premises.
- Requests are dealt with on a first come first served basis. In the case of urgent requests the Museum reserves the right to refuse where staff resources are insufficient to allow a response in the time allotted, or if the request is felt to be inappropriate.
- Enquiries will be answered if they are put in writing (the Freedom of Information Act 2000 only requires that we reply to written requests). Volunteers will aim to respond within 30 days.
- The Museum will undertake where possible to give advice and answer general queries. Staff are unable to undertake extensive research but will try to answer relevant queries and advise on likely sources.
- Enquiries should not expect to be answered during a visit to the Museum unless a specific appointment has been made with a named member of staff.
- The Museum does not hold family records and does not have the resources to carry out detailed genealogical research. It is possible, however, for some relevant “look up” work, based on our collections and catchment area, to be accomplished. We will otherwise endeavour to recommend appropriate lines of enquiry elsewhere.
- Access to the Museum’s archives is free in compliance with the Museums Association Code of Ethics, but for commercial purposes the Museum reserves the right to levy charges.
- Researchers should be able to provide two forms of ID and agree to comply with the Museum's fire and safety regulations, including signing in and out at Reception.
- Researchers will be supervised at all times and if objects or documents are to be handled, they will be advised how to do so carefully and responsibly.
One of the Wilmott silk ledgers
- If a request for research is made, the first half hour’s work by a member of staff is free of charge; thereafter there is a suggested donation of £5 per hour. Photocopying is 10p per A4 sheet and 20p per A3 sheet.
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