March is just about over and that's a good thing because it was a very turbulent month for the AMM office.
After two weeks of planning and packing, the AMM and MAS (Manitoba Archaeological Society) offices were moved to a temporary location on March 7th. The offices needed to be moved to accommodate the expansion plans of The Manitoba Museum.
On March 9 & 10 we held the CCI course, Construction of Mannequins for Historic Costumes, at Minto Armouries.
Our Annual Trivia Night fundraiser was held on March 19 at the Manitoba Children's Museum to the delight of nearly 200 participants.
Now we are settled in our temporary space and will be getting back to our regular work routine.
If you would like to drop by to see us we're not very difficult to find. We, and MAS, are located on the other side of the courtyard - directly opposite of the stairs leading up to the Concert Hall. When you arrive at our door you'll have to call us in order to be let in.
We're only going to be in this new space for one year, but it does mean we can no longer post your events in our windows for the enjoyment of passersby.
We're looking forward to April and to be more "business as usual".
7th Annual Trivia Night!
Our Annual Trivia Night was held on March 19th at the Manitoba Children's Museum.
This was the 7th Trivia Night and we've discovered that it's become a hot date as tickets began to sell two weeks before the event was posted and the 200 tickets were sold out in 10 days.
We would like to thank the following people, organizations and businesses for donating items to the Rainbow Auction:
Thank you also to all of the volunteers who pitched in to make this event a success.
- Ashleigh Czyrnyj
- Bridgeport Office Solutions
- Delta Winnipeg Hotel
- Exchange District Biz
- Fidler House Bed & Breakfast
- Fort Garry Historical Society
- Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub
- Harry and Sharon Horejda
- Le musée de Saint-Boniface Museum
- Manitoba Children’s Museum
- Manitoba Opera
- Mariaggi’s Theme Suite Hotel & Spa
- Matthew, Alistair and Mark Komus
- Prairie Theatre Exchange
- Silver Heights Archery
- Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique
- The Manitoba Museum
- Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
March 28 to April 3
An International Celebration of Arts & Culture!
To learn more visit their webpage at http://www.historymuseum.ca/blog/museumweek-2016-an-international-celebration-of-arts-and-culture/
CMA Likes Federal 2016 Budget
Read the CMA's News Release.
CHIN Listservs are Back!
Manitoba Museums are eligible to use the MTEC (Manitoba Tourism Education Council) Job Board to post open positions (both volunteer and paid). Here is a bit about the website:
Free Job Postings!
It is free to advertise on the MTEC Job Board. During 2015 almost 92,000 visitors viewed the Job Bank specifically to land a job in this sector. That works out to a monthly average of 7,590 unique visitors.
Should AMM members wish to publish openings on their website, they are free to do so. You can visit here to see how the job board looks: http://mtec.mb.ca/job-board.asp and here to register and post a position: http://mtec.mb.ca/post-job.asp.
Lessons from a Fire in a Natural History Museum
By Fiona Graham, Conservator, Canadian Museum of Nature; Sarah Spafford-Ricci, Royal Saskatchewan Museum and Lisa Kronthal, National Sciences Foundation
Lesson No. 1
- It helps when the firefighters know and love your museum
- Invite firefighters to tour your museum
- Host a party for families of firefighters and police officers
Lesson No. 3
- Construction brings extra hazards
- Watch what your contractors are doing
- Develop guidelines for contractors working in museums
- Know what equipment and materials they will be using
- Construction increases the fire risk
- Insist on a fire watch
- Make sure your fire detection and suppression systems are not compromised
Lesson No. 4
Lesson No. 5
- Fire is bad - sprinklers are good
- A little water is better than too much or none at all
Lesson No. 6
- Consider the fire risk when designing exhibitions and storage layouts
- Don't block sprinklers
- Don't overheat fluid-preserved specimens
- Think twice before designing a labyrinth
Lesson No. 7
- Leaky cases mean dirty specimens
- If an air-tight case is not a good idea, include filtered holes or use positive pressure from a clean air source
Lesson No. 8
- Always clean with dry methods before using wet methods
Executive Summary: Planning can make a big difference
- Soot is insoluble
- Don't try to "solubilize" soot
- Try to lift it instead
- Oily components will come with the carbon particles
Fiona Graham is a professional conservator specializing in preventive conservation. She holds a Masters degree in Art Conservation from Queen's University, Canada, and is accredited through the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators and the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. Fiona offers consulting services to the museum and heritage field and teaches at Queen's University, Athabasca University, and the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts as well as for Museum Classes Online. Her areas of expertise include preventive conservation in facility design and operations, specifications and project management for conservation projects, metals conservation, facility assessments, and storage planning.
New home for tools sought
These tools were my Grandfather's. His name was Jacob Bugga, born 1888 and passed in 1976. The tools are approximately 90 years old. I would like to donate them to a museum if there is one that is interested in having them.
Please contact me:
Dolls Looking for a Forever Home
You might have read about her in the paper, or seen her on the news, but prolific doll collector Rozalynde McKibbin is looking for a home for her collection of over 1,000 dolls. She would like the “family” of dolls to stay together.
Here are some links about Ms McKibbon and her dolls.
If your museum might be interested, she can be reached at 204-582-0846
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