Welcome 2017's 100th Object!
We are past the halfway point in the year and we have recently welcomed our 100th object of the year to the collection. Or more properly, our 100th object/group of objects/thing to come into the museum in one form or another (but that’s a lot less snappy).
Whenever an item comes into the museum – as a donation, loan, purchase, for reproduction or identification – it gets given an entry number and goes into the Entry Register. So drum roll please for number 100…
This beautiful silver stopwatch was given as a Christmas present to F Lindsay Lloyd by Hugh Locke King, owner and builder of the track, in 1922. Lloyd was the second Clerk of the Course, taking over running the track and the races from Ernst de Rodakowski. It is really nice to acquire an object which shines a light on the personal aspect of the two men’s professional relationship. We are also intrigued by the inscription because “Locke-King” is incorrectly hyphenated. Why would a gift from Hugh spell his own surname wrong? I can only assume that the engraver spelt it incorrectly. I doubt Hugh used his services again.
The watch is reputed to have passed from Lloyd through the ranks of timekeepers, just as other stopwatches did, until it was passed down to the final owner by his father.
When we acquired the watch, the first thing to do was complete an entry form and get this signed by the owner. This transfers ownership over to us and is an important legal document. The watch was also entered into the entry register, which acts as an index of everything that comes into the museum. Next, I completed an accession form to formally add the watch to the Museum’s permanent collection. The form gives it a unique number to help identify it within the collection and records donor information, a description, measurements, materials, a location and the object’s initial condition check. All this information is then entered onto our collections database to make it easily searchable. Finally, the watch was labelled and packed for storage until it is chosen for display or requested for research.
All of this paperwork seems like a lot but is vitally important to ensure that we have secure ownership of everything in our collection and that we know what we have and where it is.
By Abi Wilson, Assistant Curator
A silver stopwatch which was given to Lindsay Lloyd as a present from Hugh Locke King.
The stopwatch showing the inscription on reverse from Locke King to Lindsay Lloyd.