This week Aimee and I had the opportunity to get out of the office and participate in a workshop held at the College of the North Atlantic on Thursday February 18, 2016. The workshop was presented by the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MANL) and was focused on preserving and displaying textiles in museum and archival collections. MANL is a provincial non-profit organization which offers advice, support and workshops on conservation, preservation, interpretation and exhibition.
The workshop was focused on flags so in the morning we discussed the importance of flags and the significance of their meaning. We also looked at the fibers textiles are made of and how to determine the fibers found in your textile and the methods of deterioration. We moved on to discuss how to store textiles and the proper temperatures, humidity and lights to use when displaying your textiles. In the afternoon we learned about rolled and flat storage for textiles and the pros and cons of each. We even played a game where we had to determine how well different museums were caring for the textiles in their collections.
We also got some hands on experience in rolling textiles for storage and in how to apply labels to the textiles. We learned about the proper materials to use and how to sew a label onto a textile without damaging the artifact. It was an excellent workshop and a great way to learn about museum and archival processes. Them Days has some textiles in our collection and we’ll certainly be well prepared to handle, store, and display any more textiles which are donated to our collection.