Burrinja Collection Management

The Burrinja Collection was donated to the Shire of Yarra Ranges by collector Neil McLeod. In 2001 Burrinja contracted a conservation consultant to conduct a review of present storage and management practices. A number of recommendations were made and in 2002, with financial assistance of Arts Victoria and Yarra Ranges Council (then Shire of Yarra Ranges) a state of the art conservation system was created for the entire collection under the guidance of conservator Carol Campbell.

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A team of staff and volunteers cleared and refurbished the storage area and catalogued the entire collection, preparing condition reports on all works, and devising secure storage systems for each item. Examining each piece in detail in order to prepare condition reports gave all volunteers an exceptional opportunity to come close to cultures seemingly so remote from Upwey.

In 2010 the collection and its storage was assessed by The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne. In the subsequent Conservation Management Plan a series of recommendations were made in regard to the storage and management of the collection.

Burrinja works actively to ensure long term preservation, greater accessibility and improved management of the entire collection in the future. Burrinja staff are undergoing regular training in collection management and preservation practices. As part of its collection management strategies Burrinja has applied to be accepted for Museums Australia's (VIC) Museums Accreditation Program in 2011.

Industry best practise to museum standards in turn will contribute to Burrinja's ability to market the Collection to Australian and international visitors and to make it available as a dynamic education resource across all levels from primary to tertiary and academic research.