The West Yorkshire Archives Service Conservators and Kirklees Museums staff put on a really informative event for us at Tolson Museum, Huddersfield.
We had an excellent response: 30 attendees of whom 14 were Milestoners and the remainder were from other local history groups. Christine and Frank Minto, our Yorkshire Recorders, brought the Diamond collection albums for conservation advice, too.
The content worked out well, with something for everyone, theory and practical – document storage, book repair, a case study of community archives, electronic storage problems and a demonstration of textile wrapping. Staff from the Heritage Lottery Fund also attended and at least nine people went to them to discuss projects!
We learned about some useful prompts and web templates that are available, with the need for a ‘Collections Policy’ – just because we CAN store something doesn’t mean that we should. We also need to devise an appropriate system for cataloguing our collections so that material can be accessed easily – watch this space…
A discussion about Japanese papers