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Excited About Exhibiting museum bound. 30 July 2016
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Hi there good folk I hope all is well with everybody out there staying safe and keeping well, I have some amazing news after talking with my mentor just lately that I thought I would share with everybody and may explain in to which route the collectibulldogs collection will be taking. I have recently been talking with the powers that be about collectibulldogs being turned into a public exhibition just like the collections you see in museums all over the world. This venture maybe a bit of a way off as things need to be set in place before hand yet it’s still some of the most exciting news I’ve had in a while.
how it works
So how it works is like this I need to sort out my appraisal and insurance paperwork and after that get the permission needed to start the installation (got that already) then it’s all about the size of the space I’m given and what best in the collection can be used to tell a story, the story is a big part of the exhibit and would need to be thought out properly as you would want to convey this properly to the viewing public. I think I will need help with part as there’s so many different stories that could be told through the pieces it would all depend I think on how the curators would want the pieces seen so the objective story could be the person behind the collection right back through to when bulldog pieces were everyday items and not as collectible memorabilia.
Research information and the knowledge I’ve obtained myself will be key for the next part there’s no point in showing the pieces without any correct info and of course without knowledge on the pieces the story of the bulldog would be more of a guessing game for the people viewing it and it should be more like a visual journey so getting it right will take some time accordingly. Most museums and spaces have fantastic curators with decades of knowledge so hopefully a couple I’ve met before and of course my new helping hand Alice will hopefully give up some time to help me here, I may know a fair bit now about bulldogs collecting dates periods etc but I don’t know everything needed to get the installation spot on just by myself.
getting things ready
Once that’s all finished and the installation is ready it’s all systems go the pieces chosen for the exhibit will have to be packed up carefully and then after being unpacked I believe the museum will catalogue and take a picture of each piece for security reasons then it’s all about the placement, I think for which ever story you chose to show you start with the oldest pieces first moving forwards over time I’m sure most have seen this kind of system used at most museums so don’t need me stating the obvious. The end result should look fantastic and seeing all the collectibulldogs pieces sitting there ready for the publics gaze and critic will make the whole venture very worthwhile indeed.
If anyone’s thinking hey this fellas duped us he’s harped on about the collection being for he’s daughter can I just say it still is and just like the bulldog we have at Brighton toy museum this collection will also be in her name and still belong to her and her future. We have never wanted to take collectibulldogs down a retail route and end up selling these wonderful pieces on and it would be down to my daughter when she’s older as to what she does with the collection, but until then I think this is a great way of putting the pieces to good use and it will help to show my daughter the importance of the pieces and their worth both in a financial sense and also as important pieces from history past.
When I ask her the value she thinks the collection is worth it started at two thousand pounds and gets higher the more I ask so to me it’s imperative that the true value is known to her so that she knows what she’s doing one day if she ever did sell it all on but I hope this exhibition is the first of many and if popular to the public could even be loaned out to other museums and that way the collection is kept and shown as it should be seen and a monetary value goes to her as the owner of the collection.
Nice and natural
Everything good that has come through the collection has come naturally from meeting my first ever contact to appearing in bullish magazine and ending up as the local news too, it’s helped me to manage my mental health and to speak out about it more openly and not care what people think of me having the disorder I have. The collection has inspired others to start collecting for theirselves, the group I created has wonderful folks in that help each other and I’m sure if it were not there many would miss it as its created a little community of bulldog bonkers collectors that love showing their pieces and seeing what others have found too. This venture is the next natural step for collectibulldogs and I will continue to be the conduit of the collection till it’s ready to handed over.
Bye for now
I will finish my blog by saying firstly I did all this as a good father would so that my daughter can have a better and easier future than the one I’ve had and if I can turn one brass bulldog one day into a collection worthy of exhibition whilst suffering my woes then anything is achievable for everyone if they really want it. Secondly I would like to express just how wonderful Brighton museum is from the collections they have there the curators and staff and of course the museum mentors that work closely with clients such as myself, so if your ever in Brighton it’s well worth a visit and as its situated within the Royal pavilion estate you get to see the finery that once was prince regents beach home with the museum being in the old horses stable and coach house well worth a day out for I think. Keep safe and happy collecting folks….
Brighton Museum useful info
Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)
Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton
Postcode: BN1 1EE
Tel: 03000 290900