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No need for heirloom gloom with these ideas to keep them safe into the future

Heirloom solutions

Here’s a list I’ve thought up, to help Noelene Cummins with her worry about will become of her family heirlooms, which she mentioned in her letter (FT August).

Contact archives, large and small, and leave a detailed list of what you hand over to whom, where and the dates that you did this. Always get a donation acceptance form from the archive. A good one always makes this acknowledgement.

Great-Uncle Robert’s book of poetry about the countryside: What area was he writing about in particular? Is there an archive or museum for that area that might like it, with a detail about his life, dates, photos etc?

Wood carvings: What do they represent? Animals? Birds? Is there a nature centre nearby that might treasure them? Ships – a maritime museum?

Grandma’s tureens: It’s a shame these are never used, even for Christmas? If they are a from a wellknown company, Staffordshire or Spode (fill in the blanks here) they might suggest where they would be featured or treasured. Worth a shot.

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