Daventry Museum responds to offer of archives from Johnston Press

Posted: Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:58 by Amy Simpson

Daventry Museum responds to offer of archives from Johnston Press

Daventry Museum has been offered the opportunity to store archives of bound copies of the Daventry Express from the 1960's onwards.

Due to moving premises, Johnston Press are unable to store their archive of bound copies of the Daventry Express in their new offices. Daventry Museum was asked if it would be able to store approximately 60-80 bound copies dating from 1969 to 2013 on the proviso that Johnston Press would retain ownership; copyright; unlimited access; and there would be no cost for the storage.

Due to the size of the archive, and the limitation set out by Johnston Press, Daventry Museum is unfortunately unable to accept the archives due to the inability to store and preserve them correctly, as well as the inability to make them available to the public on a regular basis for viewing. Given that they are paper archives, these would be better suited to an environmentally controlled store, under carefully monitored conditions from a paper conservator, which Daventry Museum does not have.

Deborah Jewell, Chief Officer of Daventry Town Council, said, "Having looked into the matter with due care and consideration, it was felt that as an accredited museum we are obliged to acquire items and care for them according to our policies and ethos regarding care and conservation, and therefore the Museum has declined the offer from Johnston Press. We have not arrived at this decision lightly and should an offer be made in the future whereby we can add the archives into our collection, then this is definitely something we would look at."

For further information please contact the Museum at museum@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk.

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