Workshops

Family History Workshop ~ 9th March 2011

Preservation Australia is adding a new workshop to our calendar of events in 2011 - a Family History workshop.

Over the last couple of years we have seen an increase in demand for information regarding the best ways to preserve a family history collection. Many people are aware of the need to store their collection in archival material, but often find it difficult to decide which materials and which storage method best suits their collection.

This one-day seminar starts at the beginning...

  • What historic material do you keep?
  • How do you decide what is significant and what is less important?
  • How do you organise your collection?
  • Making the most of modern technology - scanning, digital photography, using Access and Excel.

Jane Gibson will present this part of the workshop. Jane has already worked through these issues in addressing her own family's collection. Jane grew up on a property in northern NSW, which had been owned by one branch of the family since the 1840s, and often visited another property at Goulburn which had been in the family since the 1820's. She was surrounded by history and found it fascinating. About ten years ago she began sorting, sleeving and cataloguing a collection of family letters, documents and sundry artifacts dating back to the late 18th Century. In Jane's words... ' It is very much a work in progress for which I have no qualifications beyond an insatiable curiosity and a love of puzzles. I have read quite a lot about family history and ways of approaching it but it has mainly been a case of working things out as I go along.'

The conservators of Preservation Australia will present the rest of the day which will be spent addressing the preservation and conservation needs of a family history collection...

  • Why does your collection deteriorate?
  • Why does your collection deteriorate?
  • What is 'archival storage'? (de-mystifying the terminology used by suppliers)
  • What systems or methods of storage are available?
  • How do you choose the best method?
  • When do you need to use a conservator?

At the end of the day, participants will feel much more confident about archiving and preserving their family history.


All seminars and workshops are held at the Sydney Mechanics' Institute, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney. Registration is from 9.30 am with a 10.00 am start; finishing around 4.00 pm. Lunch and other refreshments are provided.

Cost: $350.00 per person. If two or more seminars (or two people for one seminar) are booked at the same time, a 10% discount applies

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