Caring for our Collections

Papers from the Symposium: Developing Sustainable, Strategic Collection Management Approaches for Archaeological Assemblages

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Edited by Charlotte H.F. Smith and Tim Murray
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Published by Museum Victoria
paperback, colour and b&w illustrations, 120pp

In November 2010, Museum Victoria and La Trobe University hosted a two-day symposium at Melbourne Museum for museum managers, senior collections staff and regulators with responsibility for archaeological collections. The ambitious aim of the symposium was Developing Sustainable, Strategic Collection Management Approaches for Archaeological Assemblages.

The two-day symposium was divided into four sessions: Keynote Addresses; Managing Archaeological Collections: Issues & Approaches; Why Bother? Research, Interpretation, Exhibitions: Marrying Academic and Museum Needs; and a Roundtable Workshop. Invited speakers responded to session themes with reference to their own practice and experience. Their papers are printed in this volume.

Contents

Introduction
Charlotte H.F. Smith Senior Curator, Public Life & Institutions and Historical Archaeology, Museum Victoria

Section One

Keynote addresses
Nick Merriman Director of the Manchester Museum and Chair of the University Museums Group, UK
Infinity on Trial: Sustainable management of archaeological archives

S. Terry Childs Staff Curator and manager of the Museum program at the Department of the Interior (DOI) in Washington, DC, USA
Archaeological Collections Management in the United States: Developing a path to sustainability

Section Two

Managing Archaeological Collections: Issues & Approaches
Keryn Walshe Researcher for Archaeology, South Australian Museum
Between a Rock and a Hard Place is an Interesting Box of Lithics

Ilka Schacht Senior Collections Manager, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Not Leaving it to Chance: Using significance to prioritise the selection of archaeological collections for long-term preservation

Maryanne McCubbin Head, Strategic Collection Management, Museum Victoria
Applying a Collection Care Framework to Archaeological Collections

Section Three

Why Bother? Research, Interpretation, Exhibitions: Marrying Academic and Museum Needs
Tim Murray Executive Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Research using Museum Collections Need Not be a Vale of Tears, Though it Often Is

Michael C. Westaway Head of Cultures and Histories Program, Queensland Museum
Realising and Extending the Value of the Queensland Museum Archaeological Archive

Section Four

Discussion
Charlotte H.F. Smith Senior Curator, Public Life & Institutions and Historical Archaeology, Museum Victoria
Workshopping Ideas for a Sustainable Approach to Managing Archaeological Assemblages