In 2005 the Historic Houses Trust moved their extensive research collection of soft furnishings to a new custom designed Research Centre and a separate store room. The collection is a popular research resource not only for Trust staff, but the public as well. The relocation project gave the Trust the opportunity to radically revisit storage and access concerns. This paper discusses some of the factors of successful relocation projects; how early and detailed planning ensures a successful outcome and how strong teamwork is imperative to make certain all project objectives are met. In this particular case, that each item received appropriate care, and was rehoused to enable simple access without jeopardising long-term storage needs: an issue that many cultural collections continue to struggle with.

2006 Textiles Symposium, Adelaide
Paper author:
Fiona Tennant