The Collections Care Group is a friendly group of ladies (men are welcome) whose aim is to maintain and enhance the numerous items throughout Turton Tower. We have had training from Museum Development Officers on how to repair and clean the furnishings and artefacts, and to make dust covers to keep the antique furniture dust-free during the time the Tower is closed. Curators of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London were very impressed when they visited in winter 2012. Printed instructions are available to newcomers. Occasionally items are put back into storage or returned to the museum that loaned them, causing a search of the numerous rooms and maybe reworking of dust sheets to fit others.
There are advantages of being with the CCG as other local museums invite us to join them. Members have been invited to an introduction to Crewel Embroidery by a Royal School of Needlework Tutor, and recently to embroider a pillowcase to be hung from the ceiling at York St Mary's in an exhibition about Sleep. In addition to maintaining historical items there will be opportunities in future to make our own additions to the present day Turton Tower, as has always been the case.