One of Haslemere Museum’s important historic collections has been photographically documented thanks to a postgraduate student from the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.
The museum has one of the UK’s largest collections of 18th and 19th century Icelandic artefacts and student Anson Yu, who is studying for a masters in museum studies, spent his summer work placement taking detailed photographs of the traditional wooden pieces.
Anson is interested in conservation, art curation and photography, so his passions were put to good use as he practised the art of museum photography. Anson’s photographs will allow the collection to be placed online.
“Anson was incredibly efficient at photographing the Icelandic artefacts,” said collections officer Robert Neller. “The high-quality images captured will be an invaluable resource for the museum. We would like to thank Anson for his contribution and hard work.”
Haslemere’s Icelandic artefacts were collected between 1885 and 1909 by Gerald Davies, who was a teacher at Charterhouse School. He travelled widely across Europe and gathered examples of traditional craft.
Haslemere Museum has been participating in the University of Leicester’s student placement scheme since the 1990s.