Old Parliament House - Development of Collection Management Policy
Old Parliament House
Old Parliament House, the focus of Federal Government politics from 1927 to 1988, continues to be a nationally significant heritage site. Since 1996 Old Parliament House has operated as a museum of social and political history, the unique history of the building and the significant collections (numbering over 10,000 heritage items).
In 2004 ICS prepared a Collection Management Policy for the Old Parliament House collections, including detailed policies for:
• acquisition of relevant objects and material
• documentation onto database (KE EMu)
• care and maintenance of collections
• deaccession of material
A particular issue requiring extensive national and international research and discussions was the approach to preserving leather-bound heritage furniture in public areas (the House of Representatives) being used by the public. The agreed approach which was considered to represent the best compromise was to use sacrificial colour-matched leather covers, as these were shown to significantly lengthen the life of the heritage leather beneath.