The NZCCM 2021 conference is being managed by a conference committee from our Otago and Southland Regional Group. 

Due to the current COVID situation the Conference Committee and Exec have made the decision to move this year's conference online.

NZCCM Annual Conference and AGM 2021


Date: 20th-22nd of October 2021         Venue: Online (Zoom)

Conservation is a risky business. For this year’s conference, we will be showcasing a range of papers, flash talks and workshops that investigate management of all forms of risk relating to conservation and care of cultural heritage. 

It is through risk that the conservation profession and collections care advance in policy, treatments, and ethics. So we hope you can join us and share our conversations! 

The draft schedule for this year's conference is as follows 


Registration for this year's conference is now open.

Tickets for the three day conference cost $30 for NZCCM/AICCM Members and $40 for Non-members.

Tickets can be purchased via the following link - NZCCM Conference and AGM


Conference Workshops

“From red rot to bit rot: an introduction to preserving born-digital material” lead by Valerie Love

Have you discovered a collection of old floppy disks and CDs in the stacks, but have no idea what’s on them or how to look after them and their content? Do you want to start collecting more contemporary born-digital materials, but don’t know where to start?

This session workshop will introduce you to basic principles, resources, and tools for working with born-digital heritage material such as word processing files, images, audio, video, email, and more.

Topics covered include:

* what we mean by ‘born-digital’

* key principles for working for with born-digital collections

* workflow concepts and steps for acquiring and processing born-digital collections

* introduction to file format identification

* managing and preserving digital files over time

Attendees should hold born-digital archival material in their organisation (as opposed to digitised versions of paper/analogue items). Who should attend: Practitioners in cultural heritage organisations or community groups looking in increase their digital capabilities, knowledge, and skill in handling and caring for born-digital materials over time.

“Sustainable Transformation WORKSHOP: achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through work with heritage collections” lead by Vesna Živković, Henry McGhie, José Luiz Pedersoli, Co-author: Vicki-Anne Heikell, Peter Whitehead 

Agenda 2030 - ratified in 2015 at the United Nations (UN) - is an agenda based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals which represent a call to work together to intensify efforts to share prosperity, empower people’s livelihoods, ensure peace and heal our planet for the benefit of this and future generations. Contributing to the SDGs is a way to add value to communities and organisations which drives growth, addresses risk, attracts capital and focuses on individual purpose. Aotearoa/New Zealand has signed onto these goals; recognizing the significance of leaving no one behind in creating a sustainable present and future.

In order to understand how these global goals have been approached in a local, cultural heritage context, an interactive workshop will be presented. The workshop will explore how conservators and organisations can contribute and measure their contributions to the SDGs using the available tools and methodologies.

• How do we and/or organisations, understand global sustainable development goals?

• How we can enable these goals?

• How we can collaborate to achieve them?

Finally, the workshop will explore how such collaborations and understandings of the goals can enable transformational change. The question of sustainable transformation in heritage fields will be discussed through the lens of the Our Collections Matter project, launched by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) in 2020. Its aim is enabling professionals and organizations working with heritage collections, worldwide, to make concrete contributions towards Sustainable Development through conservation and other collection-based activities. After year of collaboration with several partners around the globe, ICCROM has created a web-based toolkit to encourage and support collection-based institutions in playing their fullest part in Sustainable Development. The toolkit contains the useful methods and tools currently in use in the heritage sector and beyond. New tools will be incorporated as they are developed by project partners and other parties. During this workshop you will learn about this project and the results achieved so far.

“Breaking The Mould” lead by Kristie Short-Traxler 

Mould is ubiquitous. In order to manage it, you must understand it. In this session, I will introduce you to mould, the types that are commonly found in heritage environments and the effect on different collection materials. We will also look at Health and Safety implications and PPE requirements along with common prevention and mitigation strategies. The session will also look at some case studies to show possible management approaches. The primary objective of the session is to provide an awareness for staff that can be applied immediately.

After this training you will have gained the ability to identify mould, implement mitigation measures and implement preventive strategies within safe working practices. 



Call for Papers and Posters - NZCCM Annual Conference and AGM 2021


Date: 20th-22nd of October 2021         Venue: Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill  

Deadline for Abstract Submission: Extended to 5pm (NZST) Friday 6th August 2021  

The NZCCM conference organising committee are delighted to announce a call for papers and posters for our annual conference. Conservation is a risky business. For this year’s conference, we invite papers that investigate management of all forms of risk relating to conservation and care of cultural heritage. 

It is through risk that the conservation profession and collections care advance in policy, treatments, and ethics. So we would love to hear from you! 

Possible themes and subjects include, but are not limited to:

·         Conservation treatments, hazardous materials in collections, deterioration mechanisms, display and mounting

·         Transportation, environmental standards, sustainability in collections

·         Natural disasters, climate-change and its implications for preservation

·         Breakdown in policies and procedures, or loss of information

·         Dealing with change, restructuring and resource availability

Necessity is the mother of invention after all!

We welcome both 20 minute papers and 5 minute lighting talks, as well as posters. Though our priority is to run an in person event, we are also keen to build on last year's virtual success and are open to considering virtual presentations as part of a more hybrid event.

To submit an abstract for a paper or poster please fill in one of the Conference Abstract Forms below and return it to the conference committee - conference.nzccm@gmail.com  

This year we would also like to open the floor to submissions from individuals or groups interested in running a workshop as part of the conference.


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