Summerland Museum Auctions Artefacts – Keremeos Review

As part of an artifact storage reorganization project, the Summerland Museum is examining the relevance of items in its collection.

Since 2020, the museum has launched a project to reorganize the storage of artifacts, using a recognized methodology mandated by the Canadian Conservation Institute (RE-ORG). Additionally, items stored offsite entered a review process that involved assessing their suitability against the museum’s mandate and collection criteria.

During this review, based on the museum’s collections policy, a number of items did not meet collection criteria and the items were disposed of.

Currently, there are around 20 items up for auction, said Julien Butler, the museum’s curator and archivist.

Disposal is a procedure that allows museum staff to enhance the quality of the collection by removing items that are damaged, duplicate, or irrelevant to the museum’s mandate. It allows better maintenance of objects in the collection in the long term.

“It is intended to be undertaken with caution, deliberation, discretion and in the best interest of the collection,” states the museum’s collections policy.

Once the process of disposing of an asset is complete, a disposition process will begin by first making an asset available to other public institutions (unless otherwise specified in their accompanying documentation) so that it can be kept in the public sphere. In some cases, objects are transferred to local museums where the object is more relevant.

The Summerland Museum and Archives Society will hold an online auction from January 13 at 7 a.m. until January 27 at 5 p.m. The auction is open to the public. Shipping of all items will be the responsibility of the winning bidder. Pickup information will be provided to bidders after the auction is over.

Money raised from the auction will be used for direct maintenance of the museum’s collections, such as improving collection storage, curating an artifact, or purchasing an artifact for the collection.

Those interested in learning more about this project can visit https://www.summerlandmuseum.org/collections-review.

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