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Te Papa Holds A Conservation Workshop

7 October 2008

Media Release

Te Papa Holds A Preservation And Conservation Workshop In Wellington

National Services Te Paerangi of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa) is holding a workshop entitled Preservation and Conservation workshop in Wellington on Friday 10 October 2008 at Te Papa.

This workshop is an opportunity for representatives from small museums, heritage organisations, the arts and cultural sector, iwi organisations, and others in the region to learn useful new skills and share ideas. People will be attending from New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Victoria University, Museum of Wellington, Bank of New Zealand Museum, Hetet Studios and Wainuiomata Historical Society.

The workshop will be composed of a lecture-style presentation, group discussion and problem solving; as well as a practical demonstration and some hands-on practical tasks such as examination of artefacts, causes of deterioration, prevention of deterioration, interventive processes and building own mounts for items.

The workshop will be presented by Nirmala Balram, a specialist in Ethnographic objects and contemporary sculpture, she has over 12 years experience in conservation, Mark Kent who has vast experience in Mount making, crating and installation both nationally and international, and Hayden Prujean an Object Support Preparator specialising in Mount making.

Nirmala Balram said today, “After attending this workshop we hope the participants will be able to make informed decisions on the possibilities of improving their storage facilities for their collections and carry out minor treatments after prior consultation with the presenting conservator. It is also an opportunity to network and strengthen professional relationships that can lead to improved care of the collections being looked after by the participants.”

National Services Te Paerangi works with Te Papa and their mission is to strengthen the museum sector by providing practical and strategic help to museums and iwi throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Our goal is for museums and iwi to be significantly strengthened by increased participation in our programmes and by working collaboratively at a local and national level.


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