The Objects of My Past

Our family recently relocated to New Plymouth from our little lifestyle block outside of Hawera. It has been a big change to go from a rural lifestyle to almost directly in the city, but it is one that we wanted to make and so far we are enjoying all the little differences. Of course, the … Continue reading The Objects of My Past

Why Aren’t You Publishing More? Tips for Conservators for Solving Prioritisation and Overcommitment Problems!

Why aren't you publishing more? This is a question I ask myself A LOT! I have been fortunate to be a part of a number of projects that have published great work in peer-reviewed journals, but now that I am the captain at the helm, I am responsible for my own publications in high level … Continue reading Why Aren’t You Publishing More? Tips for Conservators for Solving Prioritisation and Overcommitment Problems!

Low Cost Methods for Dealing with Tunnelling Insects in Wooden Objects (New Zealand)

Borer and termites are two of the biggest problems for museums in caring for their wooden materials. Find out how to deal with these pesky insects in your wooden objects! What are tunnelling insects? The two main types of tunnelling insects that I see the most in wooden objects are borer (larval stage of a … Continue reading Low Cost Methods for Dealing with Tunnelling Insects in Wooden Objects (New Zealand)

Wood Moisture Meters

One of the tools that conservators can use when evaluating the condition of wooden objects or structures is a moisture meter. Not all meters are created equally and they only provide what could be considered a semi-quantitative indication of the percent of moisture. Please talk with a conservator before using a meter as it may not provide the right answer for the problem. Read on to find out more...

International Museum Day 2019-Future of Tradition

On 18 May 2019, I was invited to be a panelist on a discussion related to the 'Future of Tradition' in museums at the Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki in honour of International Museum Day promoted by ICOM. The organiser, Cameron Curd, Kaitiaki Pukapuka-a-Rohe( District Archivist), and his team assembled a diverse roundtable of people … Continue reading International Museum Day 2019-Future of Tradition

Shipwreck Wood Condition Analysis

Introduction Shipwrecks are unique time capsules that require special consideration to ensure they are preserved for the next generation. They often look sturdy and strong; however, there are underlying deterioration factors that could be present from being buried in a coastal environment: Salts: Chlorides from the marine environment are a known problem in the preservation of maritime archaeological materials, particularly … Continue reading Shipwreck Wood Condition Analysis

Caring for Your Heritage: FAQs

Family taonga and heritage items are often passed down in the form of photographs and documents, paintings and artworks or textiles and furniture. Heritage conservation is a field that seeks to preserve these important treasures so that we can ensure they continue into the next generation. Why do historic materials deteriorate? Through decades of research, we … Continue reading Caring for Your Heritage: FAQs

Interested in Becoming a Conservator?

Here are some suggestions for a start: Look over the American Institute for Conservation “Becoming a Conservator” page which has lots of useful info on the various fields of conservation and the types of training: https://www.culturalheritage.org/about-conservation/become-a-conservator Contact the coordinators for the graduate programs you are interested in and establish a relationship with them. Let them know … Continue reading Interested in Becoming a Conservator?