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Collection control and documentation

Accessioning of objects approved by Council was a high priority this year following the development of exhibitions and the opening of the Museum in March 2001. More than 1875 objects from 36 collections were accessioned, a large proportion being items in the newly-acquired Saw Doctor's Wagon , a centrepiece in the Museum's temporary Rare Trades exhibition.

The recording of objects on the Museum's electronic database increased during the year with 4500 records being added, bringing the total to 65,000 records. Greater control over the location and movement of objects was achieved by the barcoding of 2000 objects, bringing the number of objects barcoded by the Museum to date to 18,000.

Detailed knowledge about individual objects also increased significantly during the year with improved documentation of 2948 objects, compared with 1181 objects in 2001-2002.