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)

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

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

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?

Summary of the 2018 NZCCM Annual Meeting

This year was my first full year serving on the executive committee of the New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials Pū Manaaki Kahurangi (NZCCM) as newsletter editor. The role has been a really fantastic way to meet people and try to contribute by compiling information and events from around New Zealand every quarter. The executive … Continue reading Summary of the 2018 NZCCM Annual Meeting

Quick and Easy Method to Make Archival Boxes

Quick and Easy Method to Make Archival Boxes (Don’t worry, these are very forgiving) Introduction This guide is written to help those needing to make custom sized archival boxes. All of the measurements are provided in cm for ease of calculation. I will be using two types of materials to do this: Acid-free fluted board/corrugated board … Continue reading Quick and Easy Method to Make Archival Boxes