Behind the Scenes at ACWM
May 2013- Check out our article in the Bristol Press about our new exhibit, "Art Deco Timepieces: Treasures of the Jazz Age." http://www.bristolpress.com/articles/2013/05/02/entertainment/doc5181d2c45bcc6059187701.txt
April 2013- Thank you Minuteman Press
ACWM would like to thank Minuteman Press of Bristol, CT, for offering to sponsor the printing of our quarterly newsletter, The Times.
April 2013- ACWM receives a CT Humanities Council grant
We’re happy to report that ACWM received a Capacity Building Grant from the CT Humanities Council to hire museum consultant Laura Roberts of Boston, MA, to host a board/staff retreat on June 15, 2013. Participants will assess the organization’s assets and values as a context for decision-making and discuss the key issues facing AC&WM. With a consensus on its strategic direction and initial ideas about its goals for the future, staff and board will work together towards a sustainable future.
March 2013- Timepiece Journal is Back!
Thanks to the dedication and support of ACWM members Snowden Taylor and Mary Jane Dapkus, the Timepiece Journal is back in action. The Timepiece Journal is an online publication for the study of horology and a benefit of membership to ACWM. Become a member to get your very own copy. Interested in submitting an article? Contact us.
February 2013- Bristol Home Show
We had a great time Feb. 23 and 24th at the Bristol Home Show, which drew a crowd of over 5,000 people. It was so nice to see all of our friends and meet more.
February 2013- Education News
Staff collaborated with Bristol Historical Society and the NE Carousel Museum to host an intensive Bristol history lesson for students from the school system’s gifted program. Students are now building a web resource that will be made available to 3rd grade teachers and students studying Bristol history. Another phase of this partnership currently involves the creation of a Bristol History DVD for grade schools to utilize in the classroom.
February 2013- Administrative News
Staff completed transferring all donor and membership records into the museum management system, PastPerfect. A new website launched at clockandwatchmuseum.org thanks to Sparked.com’s community of micro-volunteers who reviewed the old site and made recommendations for improvement.
January 2013- Curatorial News
ACWM welcomes three new positions in its Curatorial Department:
Research- Howard Cohen, PhD
Curator of Watches– Bruce Haynes
Curator of Clocks– Tom Manning
Curatorial staff are transferring all artifact donors, loans, and artifact catalog records into the new museum management system, PastPerfect. This process is scheduled for completion sometime in early April. Future goals include providing researchers with greater access to the collections by digitizing the collection, installing a research kiosk in the Barnes Wing for researchers, and posting the collection online.
Thanks to a recently awarded grant from the CT Trust for Historic Preservation, ACWM has hired two consultants, architectural firm Gilley Design Associates and mechanical engineering firm Acorn Engineering, to create a custom capital needs assessment for each of the museum’s three buildings. The consultants will assist the museum with prioritizing building needs in the form of cyclical maintenance and long-term preservation plans and will offer expert advice on potential future uses of its property.