Monday, October 13, 2008

Free lecture series on family heritage conservation

Victoria Gill has a degree in both Fine Arts and a Science degree in Art Conservation. Gill is the director of Endangered Heritage. Her company consults to major cultural institutions on preservation, conservation and collection development and management. She has lectured at tertiary level on display and preservation issues. Victoria has worked developing collection plans for commercial, public and private collectors. Most families have items of family significance items which have sentimental and often monetary worth. For custodians of these items the care of these things can be daunting and worrisome. There is a dearth of incorrect information and wives tales about preserving family heritage. This series of talks is designed to help people to know how to care for their personal items, themselves, properly.

Each talk has a focus area. While the talks are free, should you wish to bring a personal item for group discussion and specific advice there will be a charge of P500 per item. Please arrange agreement for items and book attendance. All talks will be at 10:30 a.m.

What is movable heritage conservation? (November 5 & December 17, 2008)
What is conservation and how is it done. What are the skills who are the specialists and what items need who. This talk will focus on the ethics and code of conduct for professional conservators. And help answer the questions about why some items are treated and some items are NOT.

Passing the baton... family reunions and family heritage (December 3, 2008 & January 21, 2009)
This Christmas use the chance to get the family to share its history with the next generation. This discussion will focus on oral stories and recording them, including getting the facts for the next generation. We will briefly discuss supporting evidence like photos and items, to get the story from the fading memories of our elders and make them real for our youth. Stories have multiple endings how do we record them with integrity but without judgment?

Got the photo! Now what? (January 7 & February 18, 2009)
A brief discussion on photos negative slides, albums and digital storage. Family histories are often interwoven and dependent on photos. The care and display of images and the documentation of images and the stories they tell will leave participants with renewed meaning and help for sorting out their own family albums.

Wedding dresses, christening gowns and precious family textiles (February 4 & March 18, 2009)
This presentation will cover preventative care of textiles items. We will cover flat items flags, banners, clothing and three dimensional textiles including hats, shoes, soft toys and dolls.

Please book for any of the presentations to Location at the Studio 39, Ponce Street, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City.

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