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How York Army Museum use Modes Complete to share their collection and research information with exhibition collaborators and other audiences. Hannah Rogers, Assistant Curator, tells us more…



About the museum

Somme exhibition display at York Army Museum

York Army Museum is home to the regimental museum of the Royal Dragoon Guards and The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire. Recently refurbished by a Heritage Lottery Funded project, we are currently employing Modes to expand our audience and make the best possible use of our collections.

Throughout the planning of the Somme exhibition and events, effective use of Modes records has been imperative. Over recent years we have been working to optimise our Modes records to allow us to utilise our collections to their utmost. This involved marking objects with clear simple titles. We then build our Modes records alongside guidance from Modes staff and SPECTRUM procedures to document as clearly and concisely as possible all key information linked to the object.

Our record keeping has been effective and as such we have been able to easily identify key objects, such as military medals, uniform and weapons. These objects allow us to bring the Somme stories in to a three dimensional visual realm with which our visitors can interact.

WW1 Display at York Army MuseumVital in enabling us to bring this vision into being has been the Modes records documenting the dates, places and organisations associated with objects. We are now working to improve all our Modes records so we can continue to host such high quality exhibitions.

Modes has also enabled us to share information relating to the Somme with researchers and press.

Features such as the exhibition captions, images and PDF outputs have hugely simplified the process of working on collaborative projects.

The result has been a number of successful schemes which have helped share our stories and promote our museum.

Project partners have included Common Wealth War Graves Commission, The Yorkshire Post, BBC, Morley Archives, and a number of others.


York Army Museum
3 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB.
Telephone: 01904 731532

Twitter @YorkArmyMuseum
Facebook /yorkarmymuseum

If you‘d like to know more about how Modes can help you maximise the potential of your collection data, recycle and share information held in your Modes – please contact Modes Support by phone or drop us an email and we’ll give you the best advice with clear instructions.


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