LAARC VIP8: Over & Out

By adam corsini on 11 Jul 2011

And so we come to the final blog of LAARC VIP8 – the eighth Volunteer Inclusion Project based at the Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive & Research Centre.

25 volunteers have joined us over the past 10 weeks working on improving the storage and accessibility of over 50 finds archives with 1000s of artefacts packed, checked and sorted. We’ve rediscovered some amazing objects along the way including the sixteen that competed in the Object Of The Project Competition last week (the winner is revealed below) and as the Project Officers, it’s been even better to see how the volunteers have formed new friendships and acquired new knowledge. Here are some of our favourite moments from the 10 weeks:

Disintegrating plastic foam

Coming across old disintegrating foam packaging that resembled Swiss cheese. Really glad we found and replaced these bits.


Discovering marvelous objects such as this piece of leather from the Rose Theatre

Love this tobacco pipe photo from week 7

Making movies

Making the films with Wednesday's volunteers

volunteers and sheep vertabrae

Enjoying ourselves in our excellent specialist workshops

Week 10 - Volunteers go crazy!

And generally having a bit of fun along the way!

Yep. It’s been another great project and once again a big thank you to all our volunteers that give up their time to improve our collections.

A huge thank you to all the specialists, curators and museum staff that have run workshops and led tours during this project. We couldn’t do what we do without their brilliance.

And finally a massive thank you to everyone who has been reading our blog and especially to those who last week were voting in our “Object of LAARC VIP8″ competition. After a record number of votes we can reveal that the object you chose as the best of LAARC VIP8 is…


Congratulations to Tina Vaughan (1st Prize winner of 2 tickets to the Museum’s next LATE – Fabulous Fifties), Sheila Maddock (2nd Prize winner of 2 free tickets to Museum of London Docklands new Pirates Exhibition) and Rosemary Hudson (3rd Prize pair of free tickets for an archive tour) who all voted for this object and were the first three names to be pulled out of a hat.

All prizes include a pair of free tickets for a tour of the archive led by one of our “Voluntours” Volunteers. Over the past month we’ve been training our volunteers to lead tours of our stores and offer people a great opportunity to visit Europe’s largest Archaeological Archive, exploring behind the scenes, handling objects and learning about LAARC Life from the viewpoint of a volunteer. Tours take place every Friday and the first and third Saturdays of the month. To book a tour please visit our Website: Tours of Mortimer Wheeler House

That’s us done for another project, but we’ll be back soon updating you on all things LAARC. We always welcome feedback and if you have anything you would like to comment on regarding our projects, the object competition or these blogs, please leave a comment on this blog.

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