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 (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
Next to wood, leather is one of the most commonly used organic materials in historic objects. It is common to see biological growths or changes to leather in your collection because of the nature of the material, the processing techniques and the care and restoration of leather surfaces. Let's take a look at what you … Continue reading Mould on Leather
It is hard to believe that it has been 14 years since I started practicing conservation and it has been an amazing journey that has taken me to places I never dreamt of. I occasionally get asked about how I came into the field and advice on how to pursue conservation as a profession … Continue reading Personal Journey in Conservation
This week I attended the Environmental Institute for Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) annual conference in Wellington. This was my first time with this group and I was inspired to attend because of the formation of the new Heritage Special Interest Section. I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet environmental practitioners and … Continue reading Heritage and the Environment: EIANZ Annual Meeting
Conservators can have a variety of roles on an archaeological site. In some cases, I act as a registrar and a conservator, in others these are two separate roles and I am only employing conservation methods to stabilize the collection. However, there are some archaeological projects that don't include conservators at all. At what point … Continue reading When Does Conservation Begin?
Introduction Textiles are some of the most expressive forms of cultural heritage that exist in museums and family collections. They are commonly composed of organic materials of individual fibers that are woven together to form a fabric. Some textiles and textile-based artworks can also include inorganic components including metals or composites. The purpose of the … Continue reading Mounting Textile for Hanging
One of the most critical aspects to maintaining a large collection is to create an artifact inventory so that you can identify what types of objects are in the collection and other pertinent information (i.e.: donors, storage or display location, artist, etc.). More details about creating an inventory can be found online, but today's post … Continue reading Labeling Artifacts
In the United States, tintype images were very popular during the Civil War, as well as, into the early 20th century. There are three main factors of deterioration that affect tintypes: improper handling, corrosion from high humidity or exposure to moisture, and light damage so the overall goal is to keep it in a dry … Continue reading Preserving Tintype Images
I was recently asked to submit a treatment proposal for a large collection of archaeological materials and I needed to predict what treatments would be used. The caveat was that I was not able to see the collection because it had not been excavated yet. This situation is fairly common in archaeological conservation. You need … Continue reading Site Unseen!