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Preservation needs assessment - Indigenous Collection

MAMA has a continuous program of conservation and preservation. This has been supported by a National Library of Australia Community Heritage Grant.

The grant will enable us to undertake a preservation needs assessment of our significant Indigenous Collection including expert advice and support on how best to preserve and conserve the works.
 
Specific best practice methods for the care of groups of objects will be identified as part of the assessment as well as how the collection is stored, cared for, preserved and conserved going forward.
 
Our Indigenous Collection is of considerable historical significance with its artefacts and art works of particular importance. Many of the works in the collection have been created by local Indigenous community members who've drawn on historical memories of traditional materials and manufacturing techniques. Others have been collected and donated, and are representative examples of Indigenous traditional cultural material from other regions of Australia.

Conservation and reframing - Murray River Paddle Steamers – Kenneth Jack

MAMA been successful in securing a grant from the National Maritime Museum of Australia, under its Project Support Scheme, to conserve and present a number of works on the history of paddle steamers in the region.
 
Our collection holds 22 works by Australian Artist Kenneth Jack (1924 – 2006), which is largely made up of works created by lithographic and lino printing techniques that highlight Murray River paddle steamers. Kenneth Jack was an Australian water colourist who mainly worked on the theme of water, seas and waterways.
 
This grant will be used to research, conserve, reframe and photograph the works which will be incorporated into the permanent collection galleries.
 
This project was funded through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme by the Australian Government.

This project was funded through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme by the Australian Government.

water colouring of a paddlesteamer by Kenneth Jack

Image - Kenneth JACK. P.S. Adelaide 1957c