Jersey Heritage staff will be spending the first full week of December undertaking their annual Stock Taking, resulting in the Archive being closed between 4 and 6 December as all staff are involved in the process.
Every year Archive and Museum staffs check that items are in the correct locations and have been catalogued properly.
Jersey Heritage currently looks after nearly half a million items including archive records, social history objects, art, archaeology and natural history items. With so many objects and documents on display and in storage it is vital that a careful track is kept of where each item is located, especially if items are moved and placed on exhibition or used by researchers at the Jersey Archive.
At the Jersey Archive over 6,000 documents are viewed each year by researchers. As part of stock taking week the Archive staff check that each one of these documents has been returned to the correct box in our strong rooms.
The Trust’s social history collections are located at the Augrès Store in Trinity. This fascinating store is a real Aladdin’s Cave of over 30,000 treasures. Each object is located on a specific shelf and each year a sample of objects is checked to ensure that their computer records are correct. The Art and Archaeology collections cared for by the Trust are also checked as part of their stock taking week.
Lisa Burton, the Registrar of Guernsey Museums and Galleries, will be coming to Jersey on Monday 3 December to act as an independent auditor of the stock taking process.
Senior Archivist, Stuart Nicolle said, “Stock taking is a vital part of the work of the Archives and Collections teams at Jersey Heritage. The vast majority of items that we care for are unique and therefore we must ensure that we know where each item is located.”