Update - the new store etc.

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Update - the new store etc.

Postby Lucien Nunes » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:58 pm

Once again it has been a while, due to too much of the day job and not enough gaps for EK projects. Waiting patiently for us has been the new storage building that will help us sort out display space. This needs a few very minor repairs and the racking put up, some of which we have, and then the obligatory convoy of lorries to fill it with stuff. It will probably be the last major move of anything before open day so we want to make as much use of the space the first time round.

Also waiting are some interesting donations that need to be picked up, for which we are planning another of our circular tours. These include items donated by Discovery in Newcastle, some domestic appliances including the Hoover Keymatic, some switchgear, lighting desk etc. Once that's done we'll be back at Littlebrook recovering the D-station (remote) end of the control panel that we collected a few months ago. We also need to spend time with Jim Laws working out our lighting display and selecting items from his collection that will make up our 'timeline' of theatre lighting. This is something I have been especially looking forward to, but thwarted at every opportunity by bad timing.

Will try to keep you updated with pics of interesting things as they arrive.

Lucien
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Re: Update - the new store etc.

Postby Lucien Nunes » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:35 pm

Well we got some of it done to schedule! But what have we been up to in the last nine months, you might wonder?

First and foremost, the project to turn EK into a working museum of electrical history is very much alive, although 2014 has got off to a rather slow start. The core team, especially Dave Cope and myself, have all been under rather intense pressure at more or less the same time, whether it be working 120+ hour weeks or having to be at the other end of the country. The result has been a rather sudden curtailment of activities until enough manpower was available again, starting from about now, so hopefully we can begin to report some more interesting news over the coming weeks than of late. There will be the usual round of huffing, puffing and swearing at recalcitrant lumps of iron as we get back into shape - although absence has made the heart fonder, it has not made the exhibits any lighter.

A few useful steps have occurred so far this year though. Following the kind donation of some HV switchgear by UK Power Networks, we spent a constructive long weekend moving some heavy items into place such as the 6-ton Belliss genset. As usual, Edward Rutter brought not only his crane but also his invaluable skills at handling difficult loads. We had hoped to continue sorting for a few days until Edward was able to return for another round of lift'n'shift but unfortunately had to cut the visit short due to being needed elsewhere in a hurry. The next few weeks should see that session resumed and completed, as the 16 foot long OCB frame goes into position and the breakers get fitted into it. We have also succeeded in collecting and relocating some smaller items, including some recent donations for which we are always grateful.

To be collected imminently are an excellent example of a last-generation Compton classical Electrone (located and organised as usual by the ever-helpful Robert Cook), the remote half of the Littlebrook C Substation control panel (which Nigel Godden has been kindly keeping on ice for us but has to move ASAP), a Talaria projector courtesy of Paul Marshall (of Golden Age TV fame) to help flesh out the 'weird and wonderful display technologies' department and doubtless some more lighting equipment from our good friend and stalwart supporter Jim Laws.

On a virtual note, there's the website makeover still to do. Richard has got this ready to start filling with new content but is presently hampered by my rather meagre submission of text and pictures. The more stuff we unwrap, the more we can photograph, it's just a matter of getting the nose back to the Photoshop grindstone.

Stay tuned, one of these days we'll have enough clear floorspace to hold the open day!
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