Pre-Conference Care and Conservation Seminar with Melanie Fihelly

Join Melanie Fihelly from Melanie Fihelly Conservation, the only Objects Conservation business based in South East Queensland that is recognised as a fully trained and qualified Professional Member of the AICCM (Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials) for this exciting and interactive seminar on practical conservation skills for your antiques, collections, treasures, museum or gallery! Even if you are not attending the full Conference, you are most welcome to attend this event! Tickets can be purchased at this link:

  • Date: Thursday 15 October.
  • Registration: 9.30am
  • Seminar: 10am to 12 noon
  • Price: $80 per person
  • Bookings extended! Registrations close 12 October 2020
  • Tickets include refreshments during registration and light lunch after the seminar

Topics covered in this seminar will include:

Introduction to the causes of deterioration

  • Light
  • Temperature and relative humidity
  • Pest and mould
  • Handling and visitors
  • Physical forces
  • Dissociation, neglect, displacers
  • Thieves and vandals
  • Disasters, fire, water
  • Oxygen, water
  • Inherent vice, hazardous materials
  • Off-gassing, incorrect storage & display materials
  • Poor support during storage and display
  • Pollutants
  • Dust and dirt
  • Standardising practises and routines

Understanding collection objects

  • Identifying damage to objects and condition reporting
  • Object handling – identifying risks and developing handling procedures

Cleaning collection objects

  • Conservation cleaning – the special needs of heritage objects and buildings
  • Over the counter products compared to conservation materials
  • Assembling a cleaning kit, advice on cleaning products and materials
  • Extent of cleaning and when to contact a Conservator for treatment and advice

Protecting objects and making suitable storage supports

  • Storage and Display materials
  • Manufacturing supports – demonstration