We must be the luckiest people in the organisation. We’re digitising some of the museum’s treasures. It’s such a privilege. Our day starts with a Paisley shawl photography shoot in the makeshift studio we have created in the museum’s ceramics store. The lighting can be difficult to control, due to the sky lights, but we employ various techniques to give us consistently beautiful images.
Afternoon - and we’re back in our own studio photographing rare pattern books, some of the natural history collection and Coats Observatory scientific instrument collection. Some of the pattern books date from the 1700s; all of the collections need very careful handling.
Plenty images to process before the day is over. We add information about the museum items into the photograph files to allow us to manage the image collection. The day ends with us dealing with a few requests for the images from museum management and writing a project update. I wonder what treasures we will be digitising tomorrow?
By David Weir - Heritage Officer