Marine history safe
THE historical photographs and glass negatives held at the Coffs Harbour Historical Museum have been through a lot, but a $4000 grant will make sure they are protected for the future.
"The museum has an extensive collection of images of marine scenes and activities from across the region that have been identified as being of significance, not just locally, but nationally," Cr Gavin Smithers said.
"Some of the photos and negatives are more than 100 years old and survived a flood in 1996, if slightly worse for wear.
"It's vital that these important historical records are kept in the best condition so that they can be available for future generations."
With the help of $2200 from Coffs Harbour City Council and voluntary work, the grant from the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme 2005-06 will pay for a professional conservator to teach photographic conservation techniques to volunteers and staff, as well as better storage and display.
"The idea is to familiarise volunteers with the handling and storage of objects that are vulnerable," paper conservator Anne Kennett said.
Council is currently in the process of appointing a professional curator to oversee the museum's activities and management. Plans are also in place for refurbishment of the building so that it can be fully reopened be- fore the end of the year.