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2020 Museum Skills Workshops - Central Queensland

These museum skills workshops in Collection Management, Preventive Conservation, Disaster Preparedness and Significance Assessment were FREE to attend.

Collection Management

Sunday 6 September 2020
Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery, Biloela

Full-day workshop with Lisa Jones, Museum Consultant.

The session provided an overview of collection management principles. The workshop covered:
The Devil is in the Detail - The principles of good collection management practice:

  • Museum policies
  • Collection management paperwork

Organised Collections - The principles of good collection documentation practice:

  • Cataloguing materials
  • Storage systems
  • Collection Management Systems
  • Object handling
  • Object numbering systems

About 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 also 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.


Preventive Conservation and Disaster Preparedness

Monday 7 September 2020
Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton

Full-day workshop with Christine Ianna, Conservator & Museum Consultant.

This workshop provided participants with a general overview of preventive conservation principles that underpin the use and preservation of cultural collections. The workshop covered:
Key elements of collection preservation:

  • Terminology - conservation, restoration, preventive conservation
  • Health & Safety
  • Factors contributing to deterioration of collections
  • Recognising causes of damage/deterioration
  • Identifying symptoms of damage/deterioration
  • Controlling and preventing damage and deterioration factors
  • Recommended display, storage and handling guidelines and materials
  • Condition Reporting & Digitisation

Introduction to Risk Management and Disaster Preparedness Planning:

  • Contents of a plan
  • Collection risks
  • Risk mitigation
  • Writing your plan

About Christine Ianna
Christine has worked in the Museum and Materials Conservation profession in Queensland for more than thirty years. She has held varied positions including Scientist (Materials Conservation) at the Queensland Museum; Manager, Preservation Services, Queensland State Archives; Manager, Publications Reformatting and Coordinator, Digital Media at the State Library of Queensland. Christine is an active member of the Australian Society of Archivists (Qld Branch) and a Professional Member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Material Inc (AICCM), the peak body for Conservators in Australia.

Christine is an established and respected conservator who has developed considerable expertise in providing preventive conservation advice and training to a variety of differently resourced collections.

Significance Assessment

Saturday 24 October 2020
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, Gladstone

Full-day workshop with Dr Melanie Piddocke, Museum Development Officer - Central Queensland, Queensland Museum Network.

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

  • An introduction to Significance 2.0
  • Significance criteria and how to use them to assess an object or collection
  • Using significance to manage collections
  • What to expect from a significance assessment

About Melanie Piddocke
Melanie is the Museum Development Officer for Central Queensland, for the Queensland Museum Network, a position she has held since 2014. In this role Melanie works with a wide range of organisations, communities, and collections across the Central Queensland region. Prior to her current role, Melanie managed the James Cook Museum in Cooktown, a position which she took up after returning to Australia in 2011, having completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. While in Scotland, Melanie also gained valuable collection management experience as an Assistant Curator of the Shackleton Collection, part of the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments.


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