Ngā tohutohu tiaki taonga
Learn how to care for your collections and report their condition.
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How do you safeguard the items in your museum? This guide, from National Services Te Paerangi, looks at practical steps you can take to ensure the protection, safety, and security of your collection.
New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials (NZCCM)
Use the detailed online directory on the NZCCM website to find a specialist conservator.
Te Papa’s guides to caring for collection objects
- How to care for textiles and kakahu (Māori cloaks)
- How to care for wood and taonga Māori
- How to care for photographs
- How to care for paintings
- How to care for paper and books
- How to care for metal, glass, and stone
From other experts
National Library of New Zealand: Caring for your collections offers advice on caring for a range of objects, including photographs, books, and recordings.
Canadian Conservation Institute: Notes offers practical advice on the care, handling, and storage of cultural objects.
See the storage areas of several small museums in this video by Museums Australia (Victoria).
Damage from a burst water pipe? Or devastation by earthquake, fire, or flood? Is your museum ready for disaster? This guide, from National Services Te Paerangi, looks at how to plan for recovery from emergencies.
From other experts
Heritage New Zealand offers a range of resources concerning historic places.
Videos by the Northeast Museum Services Center look at the care of historic sites.
Condition reporting is a valuable tool for managing collections. This guide offers a systematic approach to reviewing the condition of items in your collection, a consistent framework, and a set of terms for making useful reports.
Suppliers of conservation treatment and packaging include:
For suppliers of acid-free tissue and acid-free card, aluminium rod and custom-made hooks, Dacron wadding, ethafoam, tailors’ forms and mannequins, tubes, Tyvek, and gloves, see page 13 of our guide:
Learn how to apply accession numbers to non-porous stone, glazed ceramics, glass, and uncoated metals with this guide from National Services Te Paerangi, or watch our videos below.