2015 Cultural Heritage Network- Toowoomba Region Seminar – Preserving our Heritage: Metals, Textiles, Photographs
On the 24 and 25 October, the Cultural Heritage Network – Toowoomba Region (CHN-TR) held their annual seminar at the Pittsworth Function Centre. The seminar was supported by a successful application by the CHN-TR to the Regional Arts Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government initiative through an Arts Queensland and Toowoomba Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
Over 25 people attended the seminar with participants coming from not only the Toowoomba region but as far afield as Brisbane, Canungra and even the UK. The seminar began with a thought provoking opening address by Councillor Ros Scotney (Toowoomba Regional Council). Then three workshops on the care of metals, textile and photographic collections were run simultaneously. Topics covered over the two days included object identification, safe cleaning and handling methods, and suitable display and storage techniques and materials.
Dr. Michael Marendy (Textile Conservator) was the textile workshop instructor, I ran the photographic session and Christine Ianna (Heritage collections and conservation consultant) presented the metals workshop.
After the workshops, participants were given a tour of the Pittsworth Pioneer Historical Village.
I would like to thank the CHN-TR particularly Karen Barrett and Rhonda Brosnan for all their hard work. I would also like to thank Belinda McKinlay, Pittsworth Function Centre Manager for running around after us and lending me her microplane grater so that the participants of my workshop could surface clean the backs of their photos. Finally a big thank you to the participants of the photo workshop for their good humour and enthusiasm.