Behind the scenes
Our new Collections Management System (CMS)
The historic collection held at Attingham contains a great many items and our staff ensure that accurate records are maintained for each of these. Historically, these records were kept on paper-based filing cards; in recent years the National Trust has developed an online database called the Collections Management System (CMS).
Detailed inventory checks of all rooms are undertaken by staff on a regular basis to ensure that information held on CMS is as accurate and reliable as possible. CMS is also used to source relevant information for educational and exhibition purposes, and to assist with research queries.
For each object, CMS contains a range of information including:
• object type, age and creator
• digital image of it
• location within the property
• current condition
• how it came to be owned by us.
Information from CMS will be used by the NT Collections website. This website features easy-to-use search tools and allows users to:
• discover different types of objects held at Attingham
• browse the Attingham Collection Property Highlights
• plan and research visits to Attingham prior to arrival
• see which items are currently on display
• search for objects by object type or time period
• find other properties to visit that have similar types of collections to Attingham
Have you ever wondered how Attingham's staff and volunteer estate team work behind the scenes to protect our park? Well, there's an easy way to find out.
Since January 2011, Attingham's warden Joy has kept an absorbing blog about this work, complete with stories from the team and pictures of the wildlife she meets around the parkland.
Recent restoration work in our Orangery