When I posted my video last week about some of the problems with museum firearms collections, I touched on issues that Danny Michael and Ashley Hlebinsky deal with on a daily basis. They invited me onto their weekly podcast to discuss the subject, and we decided to record the discussion on video as well.
I’d like to apologize to the staff of the UK National Firearms Centre; they have all been extremely gracious and helpful to me despite the bureaucratic overhead they have to navigate. I would also like to highlight the efforts of Mathieu Willemsen at the Nationaal Militair Museum in the Netherlands for doing a great job of balancing the general interest and specialist accommodations of his museum, and having the time to publish books and articles on their collection at the same time. His is an excellent example for other museums to emulate!
If you enjoy listening to Danny and Ashley, make sure to check out the other episodes of History Unloaded. And hey, if you do have that $3 million check ready to endow a staff researcher position at Cody, Danny would love to hear from you at DannyM@centerofthewest.org !