By Camille Myers Breeze
Burlington, Vermont, was the scene of the 2012 New England Museum Association conference, where five MTS staff members, and many former staff, gathered last week.
In the very first session time slot, Camille and Cara joined other conservators in presenting "Condition Reporting Meets Speed Dating." For 90 minutes, attendees traveled from table to table spending 10 minutes learning about condition reporting different artifact types. Our presentation on Condition Reporting Textiles, is available as a short slide show in the Resources section of our web site.
With our speaking responsibilities out of the way early, we relaxed and took in several sessions on topics as diverse as working with university museums, crafting a collections management policy, and social media marketing (we're way ahead of the curve on that one thanks to Erica Holthausen and Honest Marketing Revolution!)
There was plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the local museums, restaurants and breweries. ECHO Lake Aquarium was the sight of the opening reception, where we petted star fish and chatted with colleagues. Our newest hire, Operations Manager Andy Grilz, proved to be a huge asset in the trivia game! The following day, Camille and Cara visited Shelburne Farms a 1,400-acre working farm and nonprofit education organization. We learned they also have an inn and restaurant, which is just the excuse we need to return to Burlington in the near future.
The most entertaining session we attended was probably "Cats & Dogs Living Together: Exhibit Design as a Collaboration between Educators & Curators," presented by Curator Jeffrey Forgang and Education Director Devon Kurtz of the Higgins Armory Museum. Suffice to say we we're considering a holiday field trip to see their interactive exhibit, Extreme Sports: The Joust.
If you weren't fortunate enough to attend the NEMA conference, you can still access the handouts by downloading the NEMA Conference App from the NEMA website. We hope to see you at the 2013 NEMA conference in Newport, Rhode Island!
by Camille Myers Breeze
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Museum Textile Services e-Magazine, which debuts for Summer 2012. The fully illustrated, 28-page digital publication features project updates, fun textile tidbits, and helpful resources. We hope that the e-Magazine will help spread the word about the great field of textile conservation, including the individuals, museums and cultural agencies that work so hard to preserve our heritage.
Museum Textile Services e-Magazine is an initiative that stemmed from our 12-month working relationship with Erica Holthausen of Honest Marketing Revolution. We have thoroughly enjoyed the crash course in marketing that Erica has provided the MTS team, and this blog, the new website, and our popular Facebook page are all part of our new daily outreach activities.
As "Chief Instigator," Erica has also been lots of fun to work with! She really gets the special blend of expert conservation treatment, friendly customer service, and pure unadulterated passion that are the core values here at Museum Textile Services.
Work is already underway on Issue 2 of the Museum Textile Services e-Magazine but there is plenty of time to include information and feedback from YOU! We'd love to hear how you liked the magazine and what textile conservation topics you'd like to learn more about.
Please feel free to make comments below or click HERE to use our feedback form.
Thank you for reading!