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Preserving What Matters to You, with You. 

Endangered Heritage 

Rare Trades and Skills Fair 

at the Fitters Workshop Kingston 2019

 Do you have a rare trade or skill? Do you make arrows barrels brooms or paper? Do you make glass eyes, shoes or wigs? Do you sell your wares? Would you like to participate in the fair then send us your EOI with a CV and portfolio digitally to or by post to  Shop 8 Paragon Mall 8-20 Gladstone St Fyshwick 2609 ACT to register your interest. 



A 25% discount for past workshop attendees if you bring a friend.

Upcoming Conservation and Preservation Workshops:

Pack up your dress

Wedding dresses, debutant ball gowns cocktail dresses some are so hard to store. Drycleaners box them at huge expense and often with non archival materials. The plastic from drycleaners can also do damage. Learn how box your gown yourself be it an antique dress from previous generations or your own special gown bring it 10days prior to the event date and we will freeze it and prepare for storage. then on the day we will have a glass of champagne look at each gown and how to box these properly so you will have access in the future.  $330 includes boxing, tissue and tutorial.


Care of 3D Textiles

 This workshop covers the storage of hats, bags, shoes, bears and anthing 3d and tricky. The workshop will give hands on making supports and halping with boxing. Bring your item and we will help you make all you need to keep it for the future. $330 includes materials. 


Conservation 101: This workshop will work through remedial care of collections, we'll have the microscope out and we will demonstrate and help you to do a few hands on tasks which prepare and object for long term storage to help triage your won collections. We will discuss metals. textiles, paper, photographs and books. We will debunk myths and show you behind the scenes at the science of it all. 5 Work stations will be set up where participants will get to work on their own family collection items and be guided through handling examination and preliminary cleaning. The main objective of this workshop is to enable individuals to have enough skills they can triage their own collections. A very useful workshop for Family custodians, museum curators and volunteers. 17th Feb 1-5.30 pm $440 per participant 

Working on Large Technology Objects.

Andrew Pearce is a senior Objects Conservator who has worked on some amazing items at the Australian War Memorial, The NAtional Museum and in private practice. Coem and listen to him talk about the preseervation issues of working on Large technology objects including tanks, planes cars and motorbikes. Discussion encouraged, regarding personal projects. $220


Care of Photos: This course looks at the care historic development of photo technology from the very begining to the present. handling care and storage is covered and the possibilities in digital restoration. Karen Holloway our Paper Conservator will discuss the storage and display parameters for photo care. Also covered with be the issues of digital printing. Consider the most photographed generation in history in 50 years wont have any photos of themselves at all. $220

There are holes in my woollens: 

This talk is a comprehensive discussion about the critters that creep and crawl. The workshop will cover how to find identify and eradicate pests in your home and pretect your valuables. As we own more and more synthetic fibres the risk to our heritage items and valuables becomes greater. Victoria writes disaster managment recommendations for institutions in Australia and abroad, so find out how easy it is to manage items in your own home. $220

Asset managment support: This course will help you to plan and prepare for the better care of your art assets. Learn about handling, transporting and the effects of environmental impacts. Be prepared for flood, fire or insects and learn how to respond. Important insurance issues and loan issues if you are approached to display the work. We will cover everything from collection documentation to disaster plan implementation. 

Making art and Heirlooms for family or profit. 

This workshop will demonstrate how many materials are just not suitable for longevity. With so much pressure on our liesure time people are more concerned than ever if they are putting the time in the product should be of quality and last. Price is not an indicator of quality of materials. Vicotria will discuss how you can pre test materials fibres dyes and inks for the likely hazards which may befall them over their first 100 years in use. Professional artists are most welcome. $440


Professional workshops we can run on request for museum professionals and organisations. 

Managing your volunteers: How to attract and keep good volunteers is critical to running a small historical musuem. This workshop introduces conservation and preventative conservation training for volunteers so everyone understands the importance of "the no food policy" and the other things we do. This workshop is aimed at Small museums and societies who need to get consistency from their volunteers. 

Collection protection: Focuses on preventing disasters internally. Responding to disasters from external events and being prepared to deal with the consequences of fire flood and pests. 

Integrated pest managment: This is a course which covers insect damage to collections historic buildings and of artefacts on loans. This talk will expalin how to find, identify and eradicate insects in your colelctions and how to keep them away in the future.  The course covers international best practice standards, housekeeping, gallery maintenance, and policy development for preventing infestations and assessing the real risk in your organisation.

Introduction to Book Binding through history: Robin tait looks at the history of books and they types of binding used to create them. Robin covers the technology and methods, the styles and the fashions. This workshop looks at how to care for books of different vintages.

All of the colours of the Rainbow: An introduction to pigment colours use handling safety grinding and paint manufacture. this short workshop is a stepping off point to feeling confident to move away from the 'Packet food' of premade paint to the talent of making your own paint.