Museums & Galleries Qld

Archive for August 2013

Helen Price, Gubbi Gubbi Keeping Place, Noosa Shire Museum, Pomona  starts blogging for next week’s internship at Museum of Tropical Queensland with Trish Barnard, Senior Curator Indigenous studies. You can follow her two week placement at http://hpriceinternshiptownsville.blogspot.com.au/

M&GSQ’s 2013/2014 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.

See M&GSQ’s website, www.magsq.com.au for more information about the Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

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Sadly, today is the final day of my placement at the Army Museum of North Queensland. During the second week of my placement, I have continued to work with Carol in the conservation room learning more conservation and preservation skills, while at the same time reinforcing knowledge learned regarding storage practices and collections management. Amanda offered her expertise on several occasions as we cleaned and reframed a photograph, readied a set of medals for display, and tackled the challenge of how to preserve and store AAF silk maps. These were just a few of this week’s projects.

Amanda has provided me with information on several topics, including display development and design, guidelines for small museums for writing a disaster preparedness plan, emergency planning and operation, conservation techniques for archives and objects, prevention conservation and notes on relative humidity and temperature, caring for wartime memorabilia and so much more. I have many hours of reading ahead, so my learning experience will be ongoing once I return home.

Participating in a volunteer internship has been rewarding and is probably a once in a lifetime experience. In view of this, I have done my utmost to observe and learn as much as possible during my placement, and as I reflect on the last two weeks, I realise that now it is my responsibility and challenge to share all I have learned with the staff at the Central Queensland Military Museum with the goal of improving this museum’s operation.

I would like to thank the Museum & Gallery Services Queensland and the Regional Arts Development Fund for this fabulous opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills, which have given me a better understanding of museum practice.

M&GSQ’s 2013/2014 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.

See M&GSQ’s website, www.magsq.com.au for more information about the Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

My first week at the Army Museum of North Queensland has been interesting, informative and educational, leading to a greater insight and understanding of the operation of a professionally run museum.

The Curator, Amanda Pontifex, and the Museum Manager, Major John Lavery have been instrumental in helping me to realise that whether it be a professional or amateur museum, they both face similar challenges with the need to safely display, store, preserve and conserve objects that have been gifted to the museum, along with the challenges of managing volunteer staff. I also attended the Army Museum of North Queensland Advisory Committee Meeting to learn how their monthly meetings operate.

After being shown through the museum by Amanda and John, I was highly impressed by the organisation and setup of the different function rooms, which included the Archives Room, Collections Room, the Dirty Room and Conservation Room, just to name a few. This organisation has given me several ideas and suggestions to take home to the CQ Military Museum.

This week, I’ve been working with Carol in the Dirty Room, where she has been teaching me how donated objects are taken through the decontamination process by the freezing and unfreezing of these items. Other conservation activities have been cleaning a World War II Tank Suit which included removing as much rust from the buttons as possible, learning to clean and roll flags in tissue paper and Tyvek ready for storage, taking marks off a World War II photograph with Osborene, and conserving a 1950’s Framed Photograph where the back was disintegrating. Carol and Amanda kindly displayed all the cleaning products and cleaning tools they use in their conservation process, and I made certain I took a photograph so I would have a record to take home with me. I have found the conservation process particularly interesting, for it is my first time working in this area.

Early in the week, Amanda and myself attended a Standards Review Program Information Session run by Ann Baillie and Deannah Vieth from Museum and Gallery Services Qld. This was held at the Townsville Maritime Museum and it was a pleasure and privilege to meet M&GSQ staff at this meeting.

I look forward to next week with great anticipation of further skills to learn.

M&GSQ’s 2013/2014 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.

See M&GSQ’s website, www.magsq.com.au for more information about the Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.


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Museums & Galleries Queensland promotes, supports and provides services to foster excellence in museums, galleries and keeping places. We strive to ensure a future where museums, galleries and keeping places are relevant, accessible and valued by their communities.

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