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Now for the standard introductions from the CA and the author of this blog. 

“Hi there, my name is Crystal Loyst and I have been the CA at Museum Strathroy-Caradoc since April of 2009. My interest in the museum world stems from my days volunteering at Guelph Museums while at University.  So after my time there I decided to venture to Fleming College to take their Collections, Conservation, Management Diploma . Before coming to the Museum I worked in Elgin County at their museum, libraries and archives for a number of years.
Being the Collections Assistant for Museum Strathroy-Caradoc is eventful to say the least, I have been involved in exhibit prep, clearing the backlog, inventory, processing new items that come into the museum and much more. Everyday there is always something new to do.”                                  

So that was a little about myself.  

Museum Strathroy-Caradoc staff and volunteer waiting for the train. (L - R Andrew, Samantha, Brianna and Crystal)

Explanation of the image.   This year marks the 150th anniversary of Strathroy becoming a village and one way we are celebrating this is superimposing residents of Strathroy-Caradoc into old-fashioned photos.  Here the staff are standing in front of the old train station.


Hanging Art Storage

 The Storage Building, officially 34B Frank Street is located behind the museum and library and is in a shared building with Middlesex County Library.  The building is 2600 sq ft and has all the bells and whistles when it comes to Collections Storage; humidity, temperature, lighting are all set at optimal levels to prolong the life of the collection.

Rolled Textile Storage

What We  Collect?              

 As with all small community museums, the collection consists of many different types of items.  For the most part it can be categorized in 4 sections.  Photographs, archives, library and objects, and within this there are many types of items.  The museum has approximately 25000 items and it is continuing to grow on a daily basis.

Boxed Storage

These photos show how some of the items are stored.   Hanging storage consists of all of the artwork within the collection with 6 racks.  Rolled textile is the area where we house blankets, quilts, and carpets.  And finally boxes house many of our archival material and small objects.  All of the shelving units are mobile and therefore save valuable space. 

You can also find the Collections Assistant in the building at her desk working away, but more on her in the next post.

This blog is designed to showcase the museum collection and highlight  important and interesting pieces that it holds.  At this point the museum has over 25 000 items in storage so check back often to find out more about what the museum has and the stories behind them.

About the Museum

Museum Strathroy-Caradoc opened to the public in 1972. As a community museum we strive to preserve and tell the story of Strathroy-Caradoc, and inspire residents to explore and understand the community around them.

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