Old Tools, New Uses – Master Catalogue

The Old Tools, New Uses project aimed to identify the treasures and duplicates of tools and domestic technology in Scottish museums.

Our subject specialist, David Woodcock took part in 4 drop-in surgeries around Scotland as part of an identification and advice programme for acquisitions and more importantly, disposals, for all museums with relevant collections.  We invited interested museums to submit their documented lists of relevant objects in the five categories (sewing machines, typewriters, cobblers tools, blacksmiths tools and woodworking tools) to be included in the master catalogue STICK would develop for Scotland.  A total of 19 museums supplied lists and feature in the master catalogue.

As well as the catalogue, David has produced guidance documents to help curators identify and describe the hand tools, typewriters and sewing machines in their collections.

The master catalogue is also available in smaller sections for each object type.