A guide to preserving your family's heritage items
Over the past 100 years Australian men and women have been prepared to answer their nation's call in time of war or conflict. For some, this has meant serving in Australia's armed forces; for others, it has led to working on the home front-on the factory floor or on the land. Out of these experiences came a host of memories, often made manifest in diaries, letters, medals, photographs, artworks, film, and an assortment of other ephemera.
Each of these items is an important reminder to following generations of the price that was paid to ensure the freedom we enjoy today.
Yet all too often memorabilia pieces are unintentionally damaged or destroyed. Poor storage or handling can lead to a rapid deterioration in the condition of many items.
This guide to looking after your wartime memorabilia items is just that-a guide. It cannot hope to cover every possible storage or display situation or every memorabilia item. If you have a question about specific items or conditions, contact the conservation sections of the institutions listed at the end of this publication for expert advice.