Canadian Museums Association
I’ve been busy attendind the Canadian Musuems Association annual conference in Ottawa. Part of my job was to help host the 2013 CMA reception as we’re hosting it here in Whitehorse next year and to promote the Knitting for History Project. So many knitters and cultural workers were thrilled about our project combining art, science, transportation and yarn. I hope I was able to convince a few to create some yarnbombs and help out.
I atteneded a great course, titled, Science Technology and Grandeur. Part 1 was a tour of the Sciene and Technology Museums Corporation collection. Part 2 was a behind the scenes look at the education and outreach of the Parliment. Not many people know that Parliament has curatorial, archival and public programming activities to manage, preserve and interpret its heritage and material culture in the context of a working legislature.
The first part was a guided tour with the museum experts of the artifact storage building to admire the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation massive and extensive collection, which is not usually accessible to the public. Only 2% of the collection is on public display! Technology and scientific instruments including locomotives, automobiles, aircrafts, photographic equipment, music boxes, clocks, printing technology presses, horse-drawn carriages, chain saws, agricultural equipment, and much, much more.
For a museum/gallery nerd like me, it was intersting to see such a large collection, which is mostly in storage. I asked how they engage the public about the wealth of their collection and conservation efforts. They have behind the scenes tours and always participate in their local Doors Open event. That’s one of the main reasons I love Doors Open, getting to view the mostly hidden or private buildings and collections in your town.
There was lots of disucssion on conservation of machinery and history of transportation. Conservation is something we here at YBY take very seriously. We’ve been working with conservation officers on a local level and with the Canadian Conservation Institute, to ensure that our yarn bombing of the DC-3 won’t cause any damage. Transportation museum collections & conservation are often misunterstood by the general public. People think that these are just machines, which are used to being exposed to the elements, having lots of wear and tear and gnerally a rough life of industrial use. Howver, they, just like any other musuem piece, must be well cared for and preserved, even if they are outside and exposed to the elements like our DC-3. I’m hoping to have a blog post from a few of our local conservators that we’ve been working with to explaine the conservation process for this project.