Is the Social History Museum a Challenge for a Registrar? – Aldona Modrzewska and Katarzyna Reska, Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews

I think any registrar who’s encountered social history collections would say that they have their own challenges. From establishing good provenance to safely packing and transporting objects that often vary greatly in size and shape and are made of composite and possibly hazardous materials, social history collections are definitely “good fun”. I was curious to learn about the particular challenges that Aldona Modrzewska and Katarzyna Reska face at the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

As you can imagine, the registrars at a museum that preserves the religious and cultural heritage of an often persecuted group face particular challenges relating to how they acquire, document and retain their collections. Aldona and Katarzyna focussed on three particular classes of object: