Preserving Metals, Textiles and Photographs

Guest Blogger: Karen Barrett for Cultural Heritage Network - Toowoomba Region

Preserving our Heritage: Metals, Textiles, Photographs was the 2015 theme for the Cultural Heritage Network seminar in the Toowoomba region. 

Led by specialists Lydia Egunnike, Christine Ianna and Dr. Michael Marendy, the workshops focused on the practical components of preserving, storing and displaying objects.   

Councillor Ros Scotney, in her introductory speech noted “we live in a world we can get anything through a few clicks of a mouse, but we cannot replace the past, we cannot replicate those intangible feelings that come when we see something on display that represents our shared past. You are not just the custodians of the physical world and its history … you are also the guardians of our broader traditions, values and aesthetics. Today you are doing classes in metals, textiles and photographs … but in some regards you are also working in the fields of psychology and sociology. In your hands are our treasured past and the treasures of the future.

The seminar was supported by a Regional Arts Development Fund grant and Toowoomba Regional Council supporting local arts and culture.

Attendees from as far away as Canungra and Rathdowney participated stating...“these seminars are a great opportunity for cultural heritage custodians to learn, and to discuss common issues.”

The network arranges annual seminars for heritage ‘custodians’, not just those who are attached to cultural heritage organisations. 

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Karen Barrett, Secretary, Cultural Heritage Network Toowoomba Region;      Manager Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre

About the Network: In November 2007, representatives from cultural heritage collecting organisations within the Toowoomba region met at the Cobb & Co Museum to discuss the opportunities that amalgamation of eight shires offered. The Cultural Heritage Network - Toowoomba Region was formed.

The Cultural Heritage Network - Toowoomba Region (Inc.) is an alliance of cultural heritage organisations. It seeks to share expertise and resources to its members; undertake professional development and cross-promote. Members are from all over SE Qld, with more than half coming from the Toowoomba Region. The Network facilitates promotion of Heritage in the region - ‘Connecting People with Heritage.’

The Network has created a corporate identity to promote activities, arranging seven seminars and awarded seven grants for Network projects.The Cultural Heritage Network has also inspired and supported similar networks being developed in the Western Downs and Maranoa Regions.

The logo adopted by the Cultural Heritage Network Toowoomba Region.

About the Logo: The logo consists of a wagon wheel representing the 'wheels of time'. The spokes in the wheel represent the eight shires merging into one Toowoomba Regional Council and the larger spokes signify aerials for the communication and the networking of ideas. The colours - heritage green merging into aqua, pink and yellow symbolizes the past merging into the future.

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