Lydia Egunnike, State Library of Queensland


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Lydia Egunnike, Senior Conservator, Conservation Unit - Collection Preservation, State Library of Queensland presented at the M&GSQ State Conference 2011 on "A conservator's response to the South-East Queensland Flood".

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  • Flooding historical event, inevitable This talk will cover Two perspectives: member of AICCM overseeing the salvage of a private collection Senior Conservator at SLQ, role in disaster response, outreach future planning
  • Saturday 15 th – through the flood ravaged Brisbane Valley – Ipswich . Mayhem, hysterical, difficult owner Challenge to assert some control over retrieval process EVERYTHING was high priority Offsite salvage centres Volunteers. MUD
  • Process for glass plate negs (Dags and ambros)
  • Doug Spowart, students and local photographic buffs (Doug) Lecturer in Photoimaging Predominately acetate and glass
  • The remaining acetate, paper arranged to go into Doboy cold storage. Logistical challenge – huge phone bill
  • Been planning for this since been in position Vault design Implementation of disaster plan on Monday/Tuesday: Vaults, Quarantine Wool blankets a pain to secure Successful– no collections harmed except one roll of film
  • Good test of disaster kits/store In the excitement of clean-up, prob some health and safety aspects not followed. Staff worked very hard in unpleasant conditions. Morale needed boosting etc.
  • Importance of providing correct advice, as opposed to ill informed advice given by some radio personalities. Ensure people aware of resources and help availble
  • Confirmed reference points on basement level to give far more accurate projection on the level and subsequent impact flooding on SLQ (4.46m river level, now know where it will come up to in basement.
  • Lydia Egunnike, State Library of Queensland

    1. 1. Plenary: Dealing with Disasters Hall A, MECC Chair: Christine Ianna Lydia Egunnike Senior Conservator, Conservation Unit - Collection Preservation, State Library of Queensland A conservator's response to the South-East Queensland Flood
    2. 2. A conservator’s response to the South-East Queensland Flood Lydia Egunnike Senior Conservator State Library of Queensland M&GSQ Annual Conference 11 August 2011
    3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>(left) West End Brewery after floods, Brisbane, 1893 </li></ul><ul><li>(ACC: 6138, State Library of Queensland). </li></ul><ul><li>Original image - albumen print. </li></ul>(right) Submerged ferry pier at Dock Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, 2011 flood. Photographer: Josie Huang (ACC: 6138, State Library of Queensland). Original image - digitally born
    4. 4. View from my house. 10 January 2011.
    5. 5. Salvage of a private collection <ul><li>Sandy Barrie collection: approx. 60,000 objects (photographic objects and cameras). Bundamba, Ipswich. </li></ul><ul><li>Salvage concentrated on predominately gelatine glass plate negatives and cellulose acetate negatives. </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty in ascertaining collection priorities. </li></ul><ul><li>Off-site salvage facilities set up at Ipswich Little Theatre and Southern QLD Institute of TAFE. </li></ul>State of collection prior to salvage. (Images: L. Egunnike)
    6. 6. Alison McCrindle and Don Rossister soaking the paper sleeves off the sodden glass plates. Glass plates before salvage Ipswich (Images: L.Egunnike)
    7. 7. Air drying. Brilliant drying racks made by Noel Williamson. John Rossiter meticulously wrapping each dried plate. After treatment (Images: L. Egunnike)
    8. 8. Toowoomba <ul><li>Southern QLD Institute of TAFE - Doug Spowart, Victoria Cooper and QLD Museum’s Vicki Warden. </li></ul><ul><li>Photography students and local photographic enthusiasts. </li></ul>Volunteers working on Dorothy Coleman cellulose acetate negatives. (Images courtesy of Doug Spowart)
    9. 9. Cold storage <ul><li>Approx. 10,000 cellulose acetate and prints, books and albums were placed into commercial cold storage. </li></ul>Collection carefully wrapped for freezing. (Image: L. Egunnike)
    10. 10. SLQ (Images from SLQ Corporate Image Library) BRISBANE -
    11. 11. Implementation of the Disaster Plan <ul><li>Long term planning. </li></ul><ul><li>Careful design of cold storage vaults in basement – all collections mobile. </li></ul><ul><li>No collections damaged. </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of some equipment and consumables. </li></ul>All collections stored in the basement cold storage vaults were moved to Level 5. Each trolley was carefully wrapped in wool blankets to prevent condensation. (Image: SLQ Corporate Image Library)
    12. 12. The clean up <ul><li>You can never have enough heavy duty gloves or trolleys ! </li></ul><ul><li>Important to care for staff during cleanup. </li></ul>Collection Preservation’s consumable store after the flood. (Image: SLQ Corporate Image Library) Flood level
    13. 13. The distributed collection Fairfield, January 2011. Photographer: Troy Hansen (Acc:27804, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland) Original image: digitally born Fairfield resident, Graham Burmingham, covered by flecks of mud caused by the flooding of the Brisbane River, 2011. Photographer: Troy Hansen (Acc:27804, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland) <ul><li>SLQ - leadership role: </li></ul><ul><li>Use of ABC local radio. </li></ul><ul><li>Public library network. </li></ul><ul><li>Online information leaflets. </li></ul><ul><li>Disaster clinic with Queensland Museum. </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing advice - telephone and email enquiries and conservation clinics. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Since the floods… <ul><li>New streamlined SLQ disaster plan in final draft with new salvage procedures. </li></ul><ul><li>SLQ Disaster Team have been trained in new salvage procedures. Team includes staff from a number of units. </li></ul><ul><li>Disaster Kits restocked – including headlamps, trolleys, heavy duty gloves. </li></ul><ul><li>New large mobile trolley for Quarantine. </li></ul><ul><li>Escalating the mobility of consumables and equipment to expedite relocation </li></ul><ul><li>QLD Local Studies Group Disaster Workshop held. </li></ul>Disaster training at SLQ. Disaster Team Leaders: Reuben Hillier (Collection Access, Christine Ianna (Collection Preservation) and Helen Cole (Queensland Memory)
    15. 15. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Marcel Safier </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Ianna </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Marquis-Kyle </li></ul><ul><li>Doug Spowart </li></ul><ul><li>Victoria Cooper </li></ul><ul><li>Vicki Warden </li></ul><ul><li>Ipswich Art Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>Ipswich Little Theatre </li></ul><ul><li>Doboy Cold Stores </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Doug Nishimura </li></ul><ul><li>Mogens Kochs </li></ul><ul><li>State Library of Queensland </li></ul><ul><li>Grant Collins </li></ul><ul><li>Greg Carmichael </li></ul><ul><li>All the wonderful volunteers who worked tirelessly </li></ul><ul><li>in Ipswich, Toowoomba and Brisbane !! </li></ul>Dorothy Coleman negatives drying after salvage. (Image courtesy of Doug Spowart ).
    16. 16. Thank you <ul><li>Lydia Egunnike </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Ph: 3840 7779 </li></ul><ul><li>To view images of flooding, </li></ul><ul><li>past and present, please see: </li></ul><ul><li>Picture Queensland </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Flooded intersection at Ipswich, 1893 . (Image no. 1728 .John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland)