I have recently started in the role of Field Conservator at the Alexander Turnbull Library in the newly established Outreach Services team. The purpose of this role is to provide training and advice in the preservation of documentary heritage items and collections to individuals, groups, iwi/Māori and organisations throughout New Zealand and operates under the auspices of the National Preservation Office Te Tari Tohu Taonga (NPO).
I have run workshops and seminars on the care and preservation of documentary heritage and more recently have been called on to give advice to Canterbury institutions trying to retrieve collections and to individuals on the best approach to preserving their precious items.
Previous to this role I worked for 10-years at Te Papa as a paper conservator and in that role undertook preservation workshop with Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi (NSTP) and
While the Canterbury region has experienced conservators who are more familiar than me with the issues affecting institutions as a result of the earthquakes I am happy to be contacted by phone or email regarding any preservation questions or issues
Currently the NPO has range of ‘Care of …’ leaflets: Family collections, photographs, books and artworks that are available to be sent to institutions and individuals.
For more information contact Vicki-Anne Heikell
by phone: (04) 474-3066
or email: National.PreservationOffice@dia.govt.nz