Our Customers Matter To Us
Peter Cox prides itself on developing long standing relationships with its clients and we count the Museum of Lincolnshire Life as one of our oldest friends in a connection that has spanned over 20 years.
Peter Cox: Help Where it’s Needed
The museum is one of the largest and most diverse community museums in Lincolnshire, reflecting Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day. Exhibits illustrate commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life. It is home to an authentic World War One tank named “Flirt”, interactive galleries of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and has a working 18th century windmill, Ellis Mill, run entirely by the museum’s volunteer millers.
During this time, our Lincolnshire office has worked to provide a damp course, treated woodworm and dry rot and even provided a smoke treatment to a timber framed hearse! As a result of our varied work over the years, the Museum recognises our expertise and so when it was faced with an unidentifiable fungi growing in one of the external areas, it turned to Peter Cox for help and advice.
Graham Warnes, Lincoln Area Manager for Peter Cox said: “Our experts confirmed the intruder was an Elf Cup (peziza). It was growing in and around hessian sacks and was attracted there because of its propensity towards this natural fibre, especially when it got wet. The fungi can actually grow on lots of domestic materials including plaster, cement, sand and coal dust and sometimes will grow inside on wet rugs and carpets, shower stalls and the like. Even though it is not dangerous in any way, it is not particular pretty and so we were keen to help the Museum eradicate the growth.”
We suggested the Museum changed the type of sacks to a hessian plastic type sacks which would not retain moisture and so would not attract the Elf Cup. We also decided that using a venting membrane beneath the top layer of bags would also reduce the moisture saturation to the present sacks and so stop growth.
Going That Little Bit Further
Even though external fungi treatment is not one of our normal commercial services, we applied a localised controlled treatment to stem the fungi’s development as a gesture of good will until a longer term solution is set
We always try to help a friend in need when we can!