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Yeppoon museum volunteer, Leigh Dennis, learns conservation skills during an Internship at the Army Museum of North Queensland

Posted on: 21 March 2012

Leigh Dennis, Volunteer, Yeppoon RSL Military Museum

Leigh Dennis, a volunteer at the Yeppoon RSL Military Museum, learned new skills in conservation and preservation during an Internship with the Army Museum of North Queensland in Townsville. Leigh is a successful applicant to M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

Leigh discusses her new skills and knowledge:

During my Internship, I had the opportunity to become familiar with behind the scenes of the Museum’s various sections. I became acquainted with the artefacts register and participated in the conservation of a range of objects. A highlight was being involved in identifying the markings on a Samurai sword.


I gained knowledge and skills in the cleaning of items according to their different materials; in handling artefacts appropriately; and in storing them in a way that they can be quickly located.


My experience with my mentor, Amanda Pontifex, and the workers of the Museum was one of the best things I could have hoped to do (to the degree where I plan to return to continue to volunteer my time). The Internship has encouraged and increased my interest in artefact conservation and preservation, and in looking for further training courses.


The outcome of the Internship has been to inspire me to change various set-ups in our Museum, such as a new registration system that is more thorough in obtaining information from the source. I also hope to obtain as much training for the volunteers as possible, with the goal of providing the best protection for the Museum’s artefacts.


Since returning from the Internship, I have been sharing my knowledge on conservation and preservation with the group, and have been collecting more information on the provenance and history of our Museum’s objects.

M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is funded by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a joint Queensland Government and Local Government partnership to support local arts and culture.

Stay tuned to this blog and to the M&GSQ website, for an announcement about the recipients of the 2012 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

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