Caring for collection - video series

Caring for collections is easy when you know how. With the assistance of these short videos, be a custodian of our history and learn how to preserve your collection for future generations to enjoy.

For more information, lists of suppliers and resources please visit our extensive range of Information guides at http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/preserving-collections/preservation_guides

How to care for your family collection

Take the first steps in caring for your family history collection — sorting, creating an inventory list, housing, prioritising items for conservation treatment, digitisation, and sharing your collection.

Caring for collections: How to care for your family collections from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

How to house your collection

Learn how to choose immediate housing enclosures for your collection. Conservation appropriate materials, paper versus plastic enclosures, and practical solutions to common storage challenges.

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How to store your collection safely

Make storage decisions for the longevity of your collection choosing storage furniture, storage location, and housekeeping activities.

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How to safely handle your collection

Make the right choices when handling your collection — when to wear gloves, what type to use, examining objects for potential weak points, and other tips for safe collection handling.

Caring for collections: How to safely handle your collection from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

How to safely display your collection

Learn how to safely display your collection preparing a display space, using object supports, choosing display furniture, and regular housekeeping.

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How to care for textiles

Learn how to slow down textile degradation, prolonging its longevity — choosing the right storage environment, lighting and display areas, and protecting from pests and mould.

Caring for collections: How to care for textiles from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

How to care for metals

Understand metal objects and its vulnerability to corrosive damage and tarnishing choosing safe handling techniques, stable storage environment, good housekeeping and appropriate cleaning will help preserve your metal collections.

Caring for collections: How to care for metals from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

Dealing with disaster – Part one: how to recover a flood-damaged collection

Catch your breath and make a plan to salvage your collection in the event of disaster—ensuring personal safety, gathering supplies, setting up a salvage station, and safely removing items from a disaster site.

Caring for collections: Disasters Part 1. How to recover a flood damaged collection from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

Dealing with disaster – Part two: how to salvage your water damaged collection

Take the first steps to salvage water damaged collections — washing off mud and other contaminants, drying, and freezing wet collections with a focus on paper based collections.

Caring for collections: Disasters Part 2. How to salvage your water damaged collection from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

How to digitise your collection

Choose the right options to safely digitise your documentary heritage collections — digitising your treasured items enables you to preserve and share photographs and documents with family and friends.

Caring for collections: How to digitise your collections from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

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