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

Editor's choice

Posted by Catherine Newley

With the shock announcement about a general election set for June, we thought this was a good opportunity to highlight resources that can help to explain political issues in museum interpretation. So whether you're grappling with how to succintly describe the fight for women's rights or trying to untangle the workings of UK government, we've brought together useful sources to help you.

If you’ve got other suggestions for politics-themed resources, please share them on firstBASE for us all by going to the Contribute section of the website.

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