By Sally August, North Island Museum Development Adviser | Kaiwhanake Whare Taonga
As many of you will have read in last month’s On the road blog post by my colleague Paora Tibble, National Services Te Paerangi recently helped develop the Tūhonohono I ngā Iwi: Te Hau conference in partnership with Rongowhakāta Iwi Trust.
As a complement to this kaupapa we supported a number of dedicated workshops around the rohe, including a Care and Management of Iwi Archives workshop, presented by Alexander Turnbull Library Field Conservator Vicki-Anne Heikell, Te Papa Collections Data Lead Hannah Bremner, and Archives NZ Archivist Katrina Tamaira.
This workshop also featured local Gisborne framer Dom Morete who talked about what he looks out for when working with older and originally framed works. He shared examples of some of the common damages he has seen, why these might occur, how to reduce the risks and what people can do to help ensure the longevity of historically framed items. One of the light bulb moments for many was when frames were referred to as another form of storage with the added possibility of display.
Dom and Vicki-Anne’s recommendations during the workshop included regularly checking hanging fixtures and ensuring these are appropriate for the size of the frame, monitoring condition (looking out for foxing, mould, warping, etc.), mounting on internal walls where possible, adding spacers to ensure airflow and reducing the risk of works adhering to the glass, retention of as much as possible of the original frame and glazing as this talks to its historical context. Dom also shared how a framing expert is able to slightly modify a frame to accommodate ‘new’ materials for conservation.
If you have framed works in your marae, archive, collection that you’re concerned about I’d highly recommend seeking the advice of a conservator like Vicki-Anne and talking with your local framer about their conservation framing knowledge, experience and seeing what conservation quality materials they use.
This archives workshop was jam-packed with knowledge from experts in their respective fields, and topical questions from attendees sharing their archive concerns, differing approaches and problem solving. Attendees took away backpacks loaded with resource guides, standards for archive management, templates, quick go-to flip charts, conservation quality materials and equipment.
Workshops such as these are a wonderful time to find out what each of us is doing in our communities, to organise times to catch-up in future and share how we might be able to grow our knowledge, resources and expertise.
Following the conference and workshops, Paora, Vicki-Anne and I took the opportunity to visit some of the teams around the wider Tairawhiti and Bay of Plenty that are looking after taonga, and provide what support and connections we can to aid in their continued care, development and long-term preservation of whanau, marae, hapu, iwi, museum, archive and community collections.
As I sit down to write this blog I’m currently in Wellington attending the annual Museums Aotearoa Conference, this year being supported by Te Papa. This kaupapa is another opportunity to hear what is going on in our field and take the time to network and celebrate sector achievements.
It’s especially important to acknowledge all those who entered, were finalists and won this year’s Service IQ New Zealand Museum Awards – what wonderful achievements!
One of the highlights for me during this year’s sector hui were the repatriation sessions run by Dr Amber Aranui, and the announcement by Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage that there will be added repatriation funding to support the NZ museum sector. I’m sure many of you will welcome this support moving forward.
Minister Sepuloni’s speech concluded with confirmation “the Government will be providing support to the museum sector to assist with its repatriation initiatives. This will include practical assistance through Te Papa, such as helping museums with provenance research or logistics. The Ministry will also dedicate some funding through Te Papa’s National Services Te Paerangi to support domestic repatriations, aimed at the institutions which most need assistance.”
It was affirmative to hear Hon Grant Robertson, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage talk to our museum and iwi leaders about the Treasury’s wellbeing framework and it’s alignment to our sector, and the many ways we can support the wellbeing of communities, and those most in need.
I certainly look forward to seeing how our museum sector and leadership in Aotearoa utilise this framework to benefit our diverse communities, and reaching audience we don’t always support. It’s always fruitful to review what we do, how we do it, who we do it for, questioning who this benefits and why.
I implore you to try and apply a community need and well-being lens to the work that you do, consider what key partnerships could help in this regard, and how it could affect real change for those most in need in your community.
NSTP grant programme reopens 1 July
A friendly reminder that the National Services Te Paerangi grant programme reopens 1 July.
If you received a grant in the current (2018/19) financial year and haven’t yet invoiced NSTP to receive your funds, email email@example.com or contact one of the team and we’ll check what’s needed to complete the process.
Sector leadership is often a hot topic during conference, this year the programme featured a breakfast session dedicated to women leaders talking about cultural leadership. There is a lack of diversity in leadership roles across our sector and I’d like to encourage people from all walks of life to consider your future pathway and what leadership and development opportunities exist.
Please remember our Professional Development and Travel Subsidy grants are good avenues to support your access to training and conference opportunities in Aotearoa and further afield. Leadership can, and should, be coming from anywhere!
Farewell to Lynne Carmichael
On a more personal note I’d like to say a huge farewell to Lynne Carmichael, NSTP Sector Services Officer| Kaiwhakaratonga Rāngai who has recently left the team to explore other opportunities. Our team and the Ngā Manu Atarau directorate wish you all the very best e hoa.
For all museum, gallery, iwi / hapu and care or taonga and museum development queries please feel free to reach out to one of our team via our Freephone helpline 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The team and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at one of the upcoming conferences, workshops and hui around the country.
Nga mihi, na
Kaiwhanake Whare Taonga | North Island Museum Development Advisor