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Curator working on object - a steel plate marked Mr Cecil Berg, Dental Surgeon

Cardiff Story Museum

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We are looking for:

  • old pamphlets written by museums on social history subjects or objects
  • identification factsheets
  • key books and texts (including out of print ones)
  • websites
  • museums who hold particularly strong collections in specialist areas and may be a source of information and advice  – especially those with hidden ones
  • booklets published in conjunction with exhibitions
  • research conducted as part of a wider funded projects (eg. like that undertaken across the country for various projects to commemorate the anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade)
  • handover sheets produced by retiring curators


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