We were given a very interesting talk, entitled ‘Museum Experiences’, by Lisa Little, who recently became the Museum & Collections Manager of the Sheringham Museum. With a background in textile and costume conservation and as a social historian, she gave us an illustrated talk on some of the many interesting experiences and tasks of her career. Her first job, after years of study, was at Strangers’ Hall in Norwich (an old Elizabethan building), where she made accurate replica costumes for displays, interpreters and re-enactors. One task was to produce costumes for 100 people (mainly children) with a budget of just £300! From Strangers’ Hall Lisa moved on to work for the Norfolk Museums Service, where she ran events and study sessions. More recently she worked on the Nelson & Norfolk exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum to conserve an enormous French ensign (colours flag) captured in 1800 and measuring 16.5 by 18 metres! After describing other interesting objects Lisa went on to tell us about her new post at the Sheringham Museum (informally nicknamed ‘The Mo’), where she is responsible for a large and varied collection, including 8 boats (including lifeboats), postcards, many paintings and photos and various displays, numbering approximately 15,000 objects.
We much enjoyed the talk and presentation, and Lisa was thanked by the Chairman.