Collaboration between museums is rewarding as it benefits us all especially when we share expertise and resources. One such successful collaboration took place this year between Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre (MAVC) and the Great War Interpretation Hut, at Marquis Drive, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire.
A chance conversation between Dave Dunham and Caterina Scott, both volunteer curators, during a trip organised by the Lincoln & North Lincolnshire Branch, Western Front Association, to the WW1 training area in Staffordshire on Cannock Chase, revealed that the hut’s WW1 display needed a mannequin that could be seated. MAVC had spare mannequin who could sit and be manipulated. So, an arrangement was made for it to be collected by Dave Dunham of the Cannock Chase Great War Interpretation Hut.
The Sniper exhibition was opened in July at the Great War Interpretation Hut and “Arthur” the Great War British Sniper is now a permanent exhibit. The donation of the mannequin from MAVC is acknowledged in the hut and Dave Dunham sent a sent a message ‘Many thanks, once again, to all of you at the RAF Metheringham Airfield Museum for your kind donation of the mannequin to the Cannock Chase Great War Interpretation Hut’
Visit www.staffspasttrack.org.uk hut to find out more.