Collections 2010 series

The ‘Caring for collections’ symposium examined recent developments in the assessment, storage and conservation of museum collections and showcased recent work undertaken by the Museum and other institutions in the area of collections management. Topics included the use of significance criteria in driving collections management decisions, collections access in the digital world and the development of new storage facilities in Australian museums.

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Caring for collections – welcome and keynote address

Dr Philip Jones, South Australian Museum and Louise Douglas, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Philip Jones delivers ‘From curation to management: reflections on museum objects’, a consideration of how the traditional curatorial role has changed.

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Reflecting on 30 years in conservation

Eric Archer, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Eric Archer reflects on the achievements in the conservation professions and the incorporation of conservators into mainstream collections management structures. He also raises the issue of how to open up objects in non-displayed collections.

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Remembering the goal

Maryanne McCubbin, Museum Victoria

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Maryanne McCubbin discusses the development of three strands of collection workers over the past 30 years: curators, collection managers and conservators.

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A curatorial perspective

Jennifer Sanders, Museums Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Jennifer Sanders looks at seven themes in the history of curatorial practice: farewell the keepers, age of managerialism, out of the silos into the world, tipping the iceberg, curating in a digital world, telling stories and go beyond the walls.

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Access all areas – Powerhouse Discovery Centre case study

Christopher Snelling, Powerhouse Museum

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Christopher Snelling provides a case study on how the Powerhouse Discovery Centre and collection stores at Castle Hill have been developed and opened to the public.

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Centre for the National Museum of Australia Collections

Greer Gehrt and Eric Archer, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Greer Gehrt and Eric Archer discuss the development of a business case for a new Centre for the National Museum of Australia Collections that balances passive design and collection management needs.

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Chasing shadows – acquiring and managing virtual collections

Poppy Wenham, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Poppy Wenham looks at some of the issues in adapting museum practice to the challenges of born-digital collection material and asks what we need to do to work effectively with virtual collections.

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Museums and ‘open collections’

Mathew Trinca, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Mathew Trinca proposes that at the heart of museums lies a deep commitment to the idea that our material lives are worth recording and that our heritage objects provide insights into the circumstances and meaning of human life.

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A question of significance

Roslyn Russell, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Roslyn Russell examines the development of the Significance publication and suggests that the preservation of an object’s function in the conservation process is important where the function is an integral part of the object’s significance.

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Risk management and light levels

Nicki Smith, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Following on from last year’s presentation on light levels, Nicki Smith examines the latest developments in risk management and light levels.

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Restoring the Royal Daimler

David Hallam and Dr Guy Hansen, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Conservator David Hallam and curator Guy Hansen discuss the process of restoring the Royal Daimler.

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Reflections on the day

Margy Burn, Michael Crayford and John Greenwood with Louise Douglas

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Margy Burn from the National Library of Australia, Michael Crayford from the National Maritime Museum and John Greenwood from the University of Canberra review the themes discussed during the day with Louise Douglas from the National Museum of Australia.

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