Museum Skills Workshops:
Preventive Conservation and Disaster Preparedness

About the event

a selection of paintings hanging in a collection store at the Abbey Museum
M&G QLD visit to Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology, December 2020. Photo © Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology.

Date: 7 September 2020
Rockhampton Art Gallery

Full-day workshop with Christine Ianna, Conservator & Museum Consultant.

This workshop provided participants with a general overview of preventive conservation principles that underpin the use and preservation of cultural collections. The workshop covered:

Key elements of collection preservation:

  • Terminology – conservation, restoration, preventive conservation
  • Health & Safety
  • Factors contributing to deterioration of collections
  • Recognising causes of damage/deterioration
  • Identifying symptoms of damage/deterioration
  • Controlling and preventing damage and deterioration factors
  • Recommended display, storage and handling guidelines and materials
  • Condition Reporting & Digitisation

Introduction to Risk Management and Disaster Preparedness Planning:

  • Contents of a plan
  • Collection risks
  • Risk mitigation
  • Writing your plan

About Christine Ianna

Christine has worked in the Museum and Materials Conservation profession in Queensland for more than thirty years. She has held varied positions including Scientist (Materials Conservation) at the Queensland Museum; Manager, Preservation Services, Queensland State Archives; Manager, Publications Reformatting and Coordinator, Digital Media at the State Library of Queensland. Christine is an active member of the Australian Society of Archivists (Qld Branch) and a Professional Member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Material Inc (AICCM), the peak body for Conservators in Australia.

Christine is an established and respected conservator who has developed considerable expertise in providing preventive conservation advice and training to a variety of differently resourced collections.


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The Community Heritage Grants program is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; the Ministry for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.

Thank you to Rockhampton Art Gallery for supporting the workshop by providing the venue.


Training & Professional Development team

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