Friday, June 1 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
(Collection Care) Collaborative Project Between Museums - The Case Study of The National Museum of Taiwan Literature and Zhong Lihe Memorial Institute

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In 2017,The National Museum of Taiwan Literature (NMTL) began a new project that focuses on preserving the collections of local museums by providing both collections management and preventative conservation education. The local museum staff will have the ability to preserve their collection independently through this project. The project has produced trilateral benefits on national museums, local museums and the public. The NMTL is the first national literary museum in Taiwan that works toward displaying the history of Taiwan literature and teaching civilians about their own historical literature. As the first official literary museum, the NMTL has the responsibility responsibility to assist and guide other local literary museums in developing and preserving Taiwan literature. The Zhong Lihe Memorial Institute ( ZLMI) is the first unofficial local literary museum established by a private legal institute, which occupies an important position in the field of Taiwan literature. The ZLMI houses not only the collections of significant Taiwanese authors, but specifically the collections of its namesake, Zhong Lihe. The collections provide evidence of Taiwan literary history and its developments. However, shortage of funds and lack of professional knowledge has left a gap in collections care. Their collections suffered because of an unsuitable storage environment and resource shortages. Due to this situation and the historic significance of the collection, the NMTL decided to use its greater funds and large professional staff to assist them in preserving their collections. During this project, we helped ZLMI to improve staff abilities in collection management by contributing our resources, such as professional knowledge, experiences and resources of preservation. We planned a series of programs helping them to develop collection management skills including improving their own collection system, teaching preservation and conservation knowledge, and improving the museum environment. Furthermore, the new collection system will now allow the staff to know the condition and the total amount of their objects. Secondly, we held education seminars to give local museum staff basic ideas about preservative conservation. Last but not least, we built a database of the ZLMI collection by digitally recording whole script collections. As a result the collections can be promoted and applied for research and education across Taiwan. The results show unparalleled success. Now the ZLMI has a comprehensive collection system. In addition, the staff have improved professional skills and management abilities to preserve collections. As for the NMTL, we now have access to the research resource of the ZLMI digital database collection. The case of collaboration with ZLMI is the first stage for a large-scale collaborative project, and the success of the ZLMI collaboration will be used to enact similar methods to assist other local literary museums in the future. As a result, NMTL can not only establish long-term collaborative partnership between NMTL and local museums, but also aid in the preservation of Taiwan’s literary history.


Jen Jung Ku

Senior Paper Conservator, National Museum of Taiwan Literature
Jen Jung Ku received a MA in paper conservation from the Tainan National University of the Arts Tainan National University of the Arts (2010). She undertook advanced internships and additional training at the George Eastman House and Library and Archives Canada .She is presently senior... Read More →
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Chi-Chun Lin

Object conservator, YL Conservation Studio
Chi-Chun Lin has worked an assistant conservator at National Museum of Taiwan Literature (NMTL) since 2015. She has managed three projects assisting museum staffs in NMTL to do object catalogue and management. In 2013, the Staffordshire Hoard Conservation team at the Birmingham Museum... Read More →

Friday June 1, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Meyerland Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston

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