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

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...

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

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