29 October 2010

Interim Storage for Fragile Artwork

Interim Storage for Fragile Artwork


Condition reports – description / measurements / condition – note any
scratches or cracks
Make sure they are clean / dust free
Label if necessary on the side that is not printed on
Handle with extreme care
Separate with bubble-wrap against a wall
o horizontally as less likely to fall
o at an angle

If possible envelop entirely with foam-core
o cut piece of foam-core double the length of the glass/Perspex(with 5-10cm
extra on both sides
o fold over length-wise

o double over sides and staple

o slip cover onto glass and fold over end bit and stick together with package

Note any cracks or breaks on outside of covering (with indicator card)

Place stacked glass on floor covered with layers of foam-core
SECURE DUST FREE area with good circulation of air


Condition reports – description / measurements / condition – note any
scratches or marks
Make sure they are clean / dust free
Label if necessary so identifiable on the back in pencil
Handle with care
Secure corners with bubble-wrapped cushioning secured with parcel tape
o place corner (face down) on the centre of a piece of bubble-wrap lying
o flap over the bubble-wrap onto the corner
o fold in each side and tape down at back

Stack horizontally if possible
o face-to-face
o at an angle
Place stacked pictures on floor covered with layers of foam-core (line
SECURE DUST-FREE area with circulation of air

**Ideally kept in place specially set aside and fumigated

Words compiled by: Amy van Wezel
Photographs: William Jervois

06 October 2010

Museum - In and Out

by: Zongezile Matshoba

These photos and video show both the Albany Natural Science Museum and the Albany History Museum. For directions, please click here.

05 October 2010

2010 Heritage day celebrations report

On the 22nd of September Albany Museum dispatched 3 staff members namely Phumeza,Theodora and Luvuyo to go & represent the museum in provincial Heritage day celebrations held in Gqogqorha great place-Tsomo.This was an event organised by DSRAC,House of traditional leaders,EC Tourism ,Chris Hani District municipality and other stake holders.The event was scheduled to last 3 days i.e 22-24 Sept.The organising of the event was a success and well publicised as per the turnout figures.

Upon our arrival in the area things were not up to standard yet but we manage to manipulate our ways and made a remarkable contribution in terms of museum markerting.Something that the people of Tsomo will always remember. We rose above challenges of the day by focussing on what we went there for. So our artefacts combined with others from Amathole Museum were so attractive to locals,school groups and visitors in general.Through Mr Baninzi who invited us and other heritage institutions we have made a difference in the lives of the people who have never been to the museum.

Many thanks to our management,Albany Museum staff members who supported this event and Mr Baninzi of Dsrac-Queenstown for making it possible for Albany Museum to be there.This has shown a greater need to establish inter-museum collaborations in future not only to improve our service delivery but to create also a sense of pride in what we are doing.

04 October 2010

Robben Island Museum Spring School Updates

On the 23rd of September 2010, Ms Nozipho, HoD: Mobile Museum of Albany Museum and four learners Sibabalwe Quma of Victoria High School, Bill Jokani of Nombulelo High School, Luthando Dyan of Wilsons Party Farm School and Asiphe Stoffel of Farmer field Farm School travelled to Robben Island. They were attending the annual spring school. The theme was Africa Unite and Fight Xenophobia.

The spring school has been attended by students from all nine provinces and other African ccountries such as Namibia, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and Zimbabwe. It consisted of xenophobia workshop, umrabulo, knowledge hunt, electives, Heritage Day celebrations and an open day where all participants received certificates.
Umrabulo is a Xhosa word, meaning to sip, and in this case its symbolic is sipping from the cup of knowledge. There were ex-political prisoners who facilitated umrabulo.

For the knowledge hunt the participants were divided into groups that had to complete tasks.

In another activity called electives, there were five choices namely Radio, African music, Paper recycling, Storytelling and Print making.

Sibabalwe chose radio, Luthando chose music, Bill chose storytelling and Asiphe chose paper recycling.

Siba said radio is very exciting but yet stressful because they slept at 3am and woke up 6am. Bill said storytelling is so exciting. Luthando said he learnt how to play music using horns and drums and Asiphe said that She learnt how to make frames and gift boxes with recycled paper. All learnt lots of things like the value of human dignity and heritage.

Robben Island is such a wonderful and peaceful place, although it was a prison. It is a world heritage site. Something very interesting about it is that there is no crime. Spring school has an awesome experience and the new friendships are made.

The spring school facilitators drafted a manifesto for the spring school, and a task team that will facilitate workshops in the provinces was elected. These workshops will involve museum educators of each province.

Albany Museum management and Mobile Museum Services Department would like to thank the Robben Island management and staff for this opportunity and the funding of the Spring School.