Supporting communities to look after their precious objects

Conservation staff talk to community members about their collections
Participants are encouraged to bring all types of collections, artefacts, objects, memorabilia and personal items. Photo credit: University of Melbourne Grimwade Conservation Services conservators

Port Fairy residents will be able to get expert advice on how to care for their precious items and memorabilia at a Collection Care Workshop supported by the University of Melbourne’s Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation.

The event at Port Fairy Community House will help inform community organisations and collectors on how to best to preserve objects such as photos, family heirlooms, clothing and letters.

Participants will hear a general caring for collections presentation from one of the Grimwade’s expert team of conservators. Attendees can book a one-on-one consultation and join a conservation demonstration.

Demonstrations will include removing photos from magnetic albums and tips for storing textiles in the home. Participants will also be able to see and learn about materials and storage solutions for small collections held by community organisations and individuals.

Grimwade Centre Director, Professor Robyn Sloggett said that she was delighted to be able to engage with the Port Fairy community and to help share knowledge around caring for precious items.

“Equipping people with the skills to look after treasured objects enables individuals and communities to explore their past, create identity and community in the present. Learning to preserve the unique character of an object is a rewarding process and helps bring different generations together. It’s wonderful when we can host events like this and bring University expertise to the broader community.”

Special materials conservator Katy Glen said that people often don’t realise the extent to which objects like paper can degrade without proper care. “Photographs can fade or suffer physical damage as a result of the environment in which they are stored. We’re hoping that in having Port Fairy locals bring their objects to us we can help provide practical advice on what to do to keep them safe for future generations.”

Participants are encouraged to bring all types of collections, artefacts, objects, memorabilia and personal items. No weapons or munition are accepted.

The event is supported by Port Fairy Community House and Moyne Shire Council. A team of University of Melbourne Master of Cultural Materials Conservation students will also be assisting on the day.

When: Saturday 13 March 2021

Time: 10am – 5pm, running morning and afternoon sessions (10am- 12noon, and 1-5pm)

Where: Port Fairy Community House, Railway Place, Port Fairy 3284

For bookings call 03 5568 2681 (Tuesday – Friday)