Gloved up and ready to conserve

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Ashburton Museum volunteer Glenn Vallender and Julie Barlass from Methven Museum and Historical Society wear gloves to handle this item, while listening to paper conservator Lynn Campbell.

Museum and art gallery staff were gloved up and eager to develop skills at a handling workshop in Ashburton.

The workshop was presented by Ashburton Museum in partnership with Te Papa’s national museum service, National Service Te Paerangi.

Presenter Lynn Campbell, a paper conservator from Christchurch, taught participants about the care and handling needed for collection items.

The presentation showed how expensive conservation treatment can be avoided by creating an optimum environment for storage.

It also focused on handling objects in the right way and the most suitable materials for packaging them.

Those attending included staff and volunteers from Ashburton Museum, Methven Museum, Mount Somers Museum, Temuka Museum and staff from Ashburton Art Gallery.

Ashburton Museum director Tanya Robinson said museums throughout the region were responsible for many important collections.

It was great to see so many museums involved in the workshop and an opportunity for Ashburton Museum to play a mentoring and leadership role by bringing together museum practitioners and a conservation specialist, she said.

“We found it very interesting, and the programme lived up to its name as an expert knowledge exchange, as we all had a chance to work together as well as learn from tutor Lynn Campbell.”