How wonderful it was to meet Archives Outside readers in person at our Open Day last Friday! I got a few autographs on my copy of the Moments in Time book which I’m very chuffed about.
It was a huge day, final visitor figures haven’t yet been calculated but the estimate is that 300+ people trooped through our gates to see what we do, usually behind closed doors.
A big thankyou to all our guest speakers who really made the day special. Fiona and I enjoyed presenting our session on dating old photos and kudos to Bill Oates and Mick Reed who demonstrated the dating photos using shadows technique.
The day’s program was massive with tours heading off every half hour; a full day of various talks and seminars; conservation working bees; digitisation workshops, and; conservation clinics where our conservators advised people on how best to keep their family records. There was also a couple of family history stalls, a prize draw, some accordion playing and a sausage sizzle.
Tours ran every half an hour. Archivist Janette Pelosi was one of the tour guides. Photo by Alan Ventress
Tour groups stopped by conservation to see the work being done in preserving the State's heritage. Photo by Fiona Sullivan
Talks were filled to capacity. This is the session by Richard Lehane. Photo by Alan Ventress
One of the Conservation Clinics. People were able to bring in some of their own family records and received face-to-face advice from our conservators on the best way to preserve them. Photo by Paul Elliott
There was the opportunity to join a conservation working bee and have hands-on experience working with archives. Photo by Fiona Sullivan
In Living Memory touring exhibition. Photo by Alan Ventress
The digitisation workshops run by our photographer Tara Majoor were very popular. Photo by Alan Ventress
The Board Room housed treasures from the collection. Here is archivist Gail Davis, in period costume. Photo by Alan Ventress
The Lions Club put on a terrific sausage sizzle. Photo by Fiona Sullivan
Some entertainment over lunch from archivist and accordion player Fabian LoSchiavo. . Photo by Fiona Sullivan
A couple of family history organisations set up stalls. Photo by Alan Ventress
A good day had by all. Photo by Alan Ventress