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Marae based workshops
Workshops for museums at regional and national level
A National Services Te Paerangi workshop
By Trish Nugent-Lyne
Welcome, introductions and aims
Safe handling and moving objects within the museum
What materials to use for packing and storage and where to get them
Considerations for safe packing with examples
Practical packaging including nesting
Labelling and identification of packed objects
All objects are important.
Always keep workstations clean and clear.
Always keep working tools, office and cleaning equipment separate from objects.
Never allow food, drink or cigarettes near objects or in collection areas at any times. Be especially careful about keeping tāonga Māori out of the staff room or areas where food is eaten or prepared.
When moving an object always plan the route ensuring that the pathway there is clear and that the table/shelf/palette/ etc is prepared to receive the object. There should be a suitable amount of space and supports for the object when needed.
Never touch an object unless you have the authority or a reason to do so.
Wear clean white cotton or latex gloves or have scrupulously clean hands or use acid-free paper corners to lift objects.
Stop and think before handling an object.
Inspect the object for possible weaknesses before you touch it.
Never pick up an object by its handle.
Never carry heavy or awkward objects by yourself.
Two hands are better than one. Carry small objects with one hand and support the outside or top with the other hand.
Discuss lifting and movement with any other people involved before touching the object and while moving it
Always handle photographic material and unframed prints from the edges or the back. Do not touch the image.
Woods – i.e. untreated plywood for crates
Papers and tissues
DUNLOP FLEXIBLE FOAMS
Auckland Beds Division, 686 Rosebank Road, Private Bag 19992, Avondale
Ph: 09 820 1610 fax: 09 820 1611
0800 722 566 for Customer Services
0800 722 567 for Sales Enquiries
Fabri-cell international Ltd.
24 Dalgety Drive, Wiri, Manukau, Auckland, 2104, Ph: 09 269 0924
67 Morrin Rd , Saint Johns , Auckland, 1072 Ph: +64 9 570 4490
Local fabric shop
Port Nicholson Packaging
Wellington Mail Centre - Ph: 04 568-5018
Unit 1, 12 Donnelly Street, Havelock North 4130
Ph: 06 211 3991 Fax: 06 877 8279
If complicated thoroughly document with instructions, diagrams or photos
Examine – ensure structurally stable
Protect from other objects, materials used and walls of the packing case
Use materials that do not abrade, scratch or chemically react with the object
Provide adequate shock absorbing material- not too, much not too little
Insulation and vapour barriers
Tyvek, PE Foam, Masking tape
Ruler, Craft knife, Pencil, Butter knife, Hot glue gun
Check the object for fragility, which areas of the object can be load bearing and which cannot.
Select a piece of foam and make sure the foam is clean and with no hard surfaces such as hot glue residue.
Lay masking tape in the general shape of the object. This gives you something to draw on and leave the foam clean.
Draw an outline around the object with pencil only. It can be useful to include voids around the object for ease of object removal. If you do this then locate the voids where appropriate for handling.
Cut a slot about 10mm away from the silhouette.
Fit a piece of tyvek into the silhouette, tucking the tyvek into the cut slot with a thin blunt object (ruler, butter knife etc). Make sure you use enough material to allow the object to sink into a natural position.
You can trial the object in the tyvek cradle before you make your final cuts.
Cut away the excess tyvek from around the silhouette and tuck the remaining edges into the slot.
With a heavy or awkward object you can secure the tyvek by gluing it into the slot with a hot glue gun.
Use a piece (or pieces) of cotton tape to secure the object, tucking the tape into each side. With large or heavy objects use two pieces of tape that tie together.