Roving Curator for Arts Tasmania, Liz Adkins, has given volunteer staff at the Female Factory invaluable tips on caring for their heritage and archaeological collections.
Liz’s workshop saw her take seven volunteers through how to handle and store heritage textiles such as coats and quilts, photographs and ceramics using a combination of archival materials and ‘stunt’ objects such as a tea pot and a costume frock coat.
The group also discussed managing environmental hazards to collections such as common insect pests, extreme changes in humidity and temperature, and dust.
Armed with this new knowledge the group then considered how to plan for storing their collection in the future.
The Female Factory is one of 11 significant convict sites in Australia to be nominated for World Heritage in 2008.
The workshop was offered as part of the Roving Curator Program, where Arts Tasmania grants the Roving Curator’s advice and skills to small museums and collections around the state.
Liz will return to the Female Factory to assist with housing a new donation – embroidered aprons, samplers and children’s clothes from the family of a female ex-convict.
Later she will assist with managing and interpreting the archaeological collection dug from the site, in conjunction with a consulting archaeologist.