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Comment by Christine Ianna on July 7, 2016 at 16:30

Community vows to restore Moonee Ponds Courthouse after roof fire

RESTORING the historic Moonee Ponds Courthouse after a fire ripped through its roof will take at least a year of hard work, but it’s a fight the community’s up for.

Essendon Historical Society president Bob Chalmers said they wanted to run their museum out of the 1890 heritage building once more after a blaze on June 27 caused about $450,000 worth of damage.

“We know it’ll take a long time but that would be our first aim — to think that it would be able to be restored,” Mr Chalmers said.

“We’re doing the best we can under very difficult circumstances. It’s one of your worst nightmares.”

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Comment by Q-DIS on July 4, 2016 at 23:50

Work to conserve the fire-damaged collection at the U'mista Cultura...

Instead, the community has chosen to have the artifacts display the marks of a 2013 fire at the museum in Alert Bay, B.C.

"They are now telling another story in terms of their resilience and the resilience of the community in terms of surviving the fire," said Sarah Holland, director of the U'mista Cultural Centre.

Comment by Christine Ianna on July 4, 2016 at 12:49

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Comment by Q-DIS on July 2, 2016 at 20:54

Winton one year on

The early hours of Saturday July 18th will mark the first anniversary of the fire which claimed the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton.  It has been a long hard road for the volunteers of the Winton District Historical Society so it is timely to reflect on the enormous amount they have achieved since the devastating impact of the fire. Previous blogs have detailed the remarkable results achieved by conservators on a number of significant objects (Winton Fire response – Waltzing Matilda CentreWinton Fire Response – the next phase of recovery,Phoenix objects from WintonThe conservation of a fire damaged print), but the work hasn’t stopped there.

Since March 21st the volunteers have opened those areas of the complex unaffected by the fire on a daily basis, and have welcomed over 1800 visitors. Although displays in the main Waltzing Matilda Centre were impacted by the fire, there’s still plenty for visitors to see in the museum complex with a fascinating range of cultural and natural history objects from the region on display.  Visitors can also see objects salvaged from the fire and the ongoing work of volunteers in conserving them.

Comment by Christine Ianna on June 27, 2016 at 13:13

from Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) Facebook...

Moonee Ponds historic courthouse, which houses the Essendon Histori...

Very sad news this morning, the Moonee Ponds historic courthouse, which houses the Essendon Historical Society archives and museum has been badly damaged by fire. AICCM has emergency contacts and resources to assist with recovering objects after fire:

Comment by Q-DIS on June 13, 2016 at 20:29

Mold leaves US Franklin museum's future uncertain

FRANKLIN, Neb. (AP) — Mold growing in the Franklin County Museum has left the museum's future uncertain.

A Father's Day storm in 2014 damaged the museum's roof, letting in moisture and causing the mold problem, the Hastings Tribune reported ( ).

The partially closed building houses clothing items, a vast salt and pepper shaker collection and some Franklin history.

Sandy Schmidt is president of the Franklin County Historical Society, which is in charge of the museum. She says some of the clothing may be damaged beyond repair.

"It's very sad concerning the clothing items like wedding gowns and veterans' uniforms that are not replaceable," Schmidt said.

Schmidt said the museum was scheduled to reopen Memorial Day weekend, but it didn't pass inspection when the mold count was found to still be too high. The facility now is open by appointment, but public access to certain areas is restricted because of the mold.

It's estimated that 600 to 700 labor hours will be needed to complete the mold cleanup. Machines like air scrubbers and dehumidifiers need to be used to improve conditions, and extensive hand cleaning of walls and items using a hydrogen peroxide solution must also be performed. Walls and ceilings will need to be sealed and painted.

Restoration costs are estimated to be $50,000. The Historical Society has insurance, but it doesn't cover contents or restoration costs.

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Comment by Q-DIS on June 7, 2016 at 23:21

Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AI...

If you've been affected by flooding this week, remember you can visit the AICCM website for a range of resources to help you recover water-damaged objects and possessions.

Comment by Christine Ianna on June 7, 2016 at 11:58

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