Sydney Shines Spotlight on Local History Preservation Issues for History Week
Key issues regarding the collection and preservation of local historical artefacts will be addressed at public events sponsored by the NSW History Council throughout History Week 2019: 31 August – 6 September.
Sydney, NSW: Michèle Cloonan states “We can preserve some things some of the time, but not everything all of the time;…our notions of preservation must evolve to accommodate the imperatives of all our clientele.” Join local history experts at History Week events to find out about how the issues and challenges of preserving our local history affect you. Four key topics – significance, digital preservation, risk management, and ethics – will be explored through the events sponsored by the History Council of NSW. Further details about content are given below, times and locations can be found on the website.
- Personal Artefacts Roadshow
Have you ever wondered how the professionals decide what is worth collecting and preserving? Hear from the experts about how they assess significance – a leading factor in choosing which items to acquire and maintain – using examples from their institutions’ collections and artefacts from select audience members. Some considerations to be discussed include:
- Value of the item:
- Historical (personal, local, regional, national, or global);
- Artistic and aesthetic;
- Social and spiritual;
- Scientific or research potential
- Comparative value:
- Provenance – can ownership and the journey of the item from its origin to now be proven and documented?
- Rarity or representativeness;
- Condition or completeness – is the item or collection complete? Is its condition such that it will be able to be preserved and maintained with reasonable expenditure of time, effort and money?
- Interpretive capacity – can the item enhance our ability to document or interpret our local history or context?