Museums & Galleries Qld

Robyn Kirby signs off from her Internship at the Army Museum of North Queensland

Posted on: 23 August 2013

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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.

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