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2018 Museum Skills Workshops - Brisbane

Preventive Conservation: 4 May 2018
Full day workshop with Christine Ianna, Conservator and Museum Consultant
Venue: National Archives of Australia, Cannon Hill

This workshop provided participants with a general overview and hands-on experience of preventive conservation principles that underpin the use and preservation of cultural collections. The workshop covered:

  • Key elements and terminology of Preventive Conservation
  • Factors contributing to deterioration of collections and objects in collections
  • Controlling and preventing damage and deterioration factors
  • Condition reporting


Collection Management: 25 May 2018
Full day workshop with Josh Tarrant, Museum Development Officer for South East Queensland, Queensland Museum Network
Venue: Old Government House, Brisbane

The session provideed an overview of collection management principles and provided an opportunity to explore both the theory and practice of core collection management functions, including:
•    The role of collections in contemporary museum practice
•    Collection policy and acquisition
•    Sustainable collecting
•    Cataloguing
•    Loans (inward & outward)
•    Deaccessioning

The day provided an opportunity to not only learn about fundamental concepts of collection management, but to share experiences and lively discussion about potential solutions or improvements to your own practice. Participants became familiar with the fundamentals of collection management, the rationale behind it, and the risks if not carried out adequately.


Significance Assessment: 15 June 2018
Full day workshop with Lisa Jones, Curator, Queensland Police Museum
Venue: Supreme Court Library Queensland, Brisbane

In this workshop, participants heard how ‘significance’ is used to define the meanings and value of collection items through research and analysis. Throughout the day participants learnt:

  • Why assessing significance is an important way of telling compelling stories about collections;
  • How the process explores all elements contributing to meaning such as history, context, provenance, related places, and memories; and
  • How the method goes beyond a conventional catalogue description to clarify the reasons an object is important and what meanings can be drawn from it.

The workshop showed collection managers how to make reasonable judgments about the importance of collection items, improve the conservation of object significance and make meanings accessible.

Participants were requested to bring one object per organisation for the significance assessment exercise, preferably with associated documentation.


Disaster Preparedness: 23 June 2018
Full day workshop with Lydia Egunnike, Museum Development Officer for Southern Inland Queensland, Queensland Museum Network
Venue: Old Government House, Brisbane

The workshop provided staff and volunteers from museums and galleries with the knowledge and skills to enable them to develop and successfully implement an effective disaster plan specific to their collections and organisations. The workshop covered:

  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • Developing and implementing a disaster plan
  • Selection of disaster kit materials and equipment
  • Salvage practical: Hands-on instruction on salvage methods for water damaged objects


The Community Heritage Grants program is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; the Department of Communications and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.


Workshops Presenters

Christine Ianna

Christine has worked in the Museum and Materials Conservation profession in Queensland for more than thirty years. She has held Conservation positions at the Queensland Museum, Queensland State Archives and State Library of Queensland. Christine is a Professional Member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), the peak body for Conservators in Australia.

Christine is an established and respected conservator and consultant who has developed considerable expertise in providing preventive conservation advice and training to a variety of different resourced collections. She has current first-hand experience in digitising heritage published and written materials and extensive disaster preparedness experience.

Josh Tarrant

Josh is the Museum Development Officer for South East Queensland, Queensland Museum Network. He has worked in or with a diverse range of community, local government and state museums over the past 20 years on a number of collection management, curatorial and public program projects.

Lisa Jones

Lisa has more than 30 years’ experience in the museum sector. In 1997 she gained employment as Curator of the Queensland Police Museum where she currently works. Lisa has run a consultancy business since 1995 and enjoys being involved with, and remains connected to the broader museum industry, through her involvement with Museums & Galleries Queensland.

Lydia Egunnike

Lydia is the Museum Development Officer for Southern Inland Queensland at the Queensland Museum. Prior to working for the museum, Lydia was Senior Conservator at the State Library of Queensland and has also worked in the UK and the USA. Unfortunately during her career she has been involved in the disaster recovery of a diverse range of cultural heritage collections.


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