What is firstBASE?

SHCG’s firstBASE is an online, searchable database of useful resources relating to a whole range of subjects, themes and objects dealt with by those who work with local and social history collections.

Ever had to research for an exhibition but don’t know where to start?  Has an object come in for identification but you have no idea what it could be?  Need help to answer a public enquiry?

firstBASE holds records, signposts, weblinks and downloads for a wealth of resources (books, articles, websites, significant collections, museums and organisations) that can help museum professionals develop their interpretation, and improve their identification, of social history objects.

Need advice about the care and management of your collection? 
Go to Collections Link: www.collectionslink.org.uk

firstBASE has been funded by SHCG and the Museum Association Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund

Forresters collar from the Cardiff Story Museum collection

Cardiff Story Museum

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Posted by Briony Hudson

February seems to be a month to focus on greetings cards and the postal service.  If you can’t bear the “will they, won’t they” tension of a Valentine's card arriving through your postbox on February 14th, all is not lost as apparently February 7th is “send a card to a friend” day!

Whether you receive significant post in the next couple of weeks, or simply want to investigate these items in your collections, firstBASE is here to help.  This selection of post-related resources should get you started, but if you’ve got other suggestions, please share them on firstBASE for us all.

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