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...
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
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
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
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