Lighting Talk Abstract

Museum Victoria has recently undertaken a review of pharmaceuticals and other scheduled poisons in the Humanities Collection. The collection is extensive, datingfrom the 1850s to today and includes a diverse array of products from pharmaceuticals to cosmetics, from pesticides through to industrial chemicals. This project has led to improved documentation, storage and understanding of the legal implications and requirements for storage, handling, display, security and management of these materials. This lightning talk will introduce this project and the Poisons Schedule to the audience, with specific reference to legislation and licensing in Victoria.


Helen Privett is Manager, Conservation at Museum Victoria. Helen graduated from University of Canberra in 1998 and since that time has worked in a number of roles at National Gallery of Victoria and Museum Victoria. Helen’s recent focus has been on managing hazardous substances in collections, plastics and digitisation.

2015 AICCM National Conference; Illuminating the New
Paper author:
Helen Privett