Blyth committee requests surplus artifacts from North Huron Museum

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NORTH HURON – A letter addressed to North Huron council from the Blyth Repository of History requested that any surplus artifacts from the North Huron Museum be transferred to their facility.

A museum committee in Wingham is currently raising funds and renovating the old train station on Josephine Street, which is smaller than the current location.

A report from staff stated a letter from the Blyth Repository Committee was received on June 20, expressing their interest “in receiving surplus items related to the Village of Blyth should there be insufficient space at the new location of the North Huron Museum.”

The community museum, recognized by the province as a publicly run facility, must establish and follow strict policies and procedures when removing items from its collection, a report to council said.

The township has a deaccessioning policy, which governs the removal of artifacts from the collection. According to the report, the policy states the North Huron Museum may dispose of artifacts if they are deemed to fall under the following circumstances:

- Artifacts that are not historically significant to the Township of North Huron and the surrounding communities.

- Duplicates of artifacts that are historically significant.

- Artifacts that are not useful for research, exhibition, or loan.

- The museum ceases to operate for any reason.

The disposal of such artifacts may be accomplished in one of the following manners:

- Offered to another museum, educational or cultural institution.

- Offered to the donor at their last known address.

- Sold or destroyed as a last resort.

Items for disposal will not be sold on the North Huron Museum site but by public auction or tender.

All revenue from the sale of any artifact will be placed in the Artifact Acquisition Trust Fund to be used to purchase needed artifacts for the museum’s collection.

Once the renovations of the new site for the museum are complete, the moving of items begins, and “should any items related to the Village of Blyth be identified for deaccessioning and become available,” the report said, “it would be appropriate for the township to notify the Blyth Repository Committee of their availability.”

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times