Archives Helps Australians Preserve Family Treasures

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National Archives of Australia

Media Release

Canberra • Melbourne • Sydney • Brisbane • Darwin • Adelaide • Perth • Hobart


The National Archives of Australia has announced the release of Keeping Family Treasures, an

illustrated guide on how to look after precious family heirlooms.

Using the family treasures of famous and lesser-known Australians, National Archives

conservators provide clear and helpful preservation advice on caring for family keepsakes.

Contributors include cookery writer Margaret Fulton, ABC presenter Andy Muirhead, and

actor and historian Alice Garner.

The chapters address preserving letters, albums, photographs, diaries and notebooks,

scrapbooks, and precious objects and textiles. The preservation of audio and video tapes,

home movie film, CDs and DVDs and time capsules is also covered.

Conservator and co-author Ian Batterham said, “With interest in family history at an all-time

high, more people recognise the importance of preserving their family’s special records, but

aren’t sure where to start. Keeping Family Treasures fills the gap with professional advice that

isn’t available elsewhere in such a readable form.”

As caretaker of some of the nation’s treasures – the records of the Commonwealth and its

people – the National Archives works with Government agencies to ensure records are

properly managed and preserved. 

Keeping Family Treasures provides an opportunity for the Archives to extend this assistance

and knowledge to the public. The book also continues the family history theme central to the

Archives’ previous publication, Family Journeys,” said Mr Batterham.

Ian Batterham is a senior conservator at the National Archives and author of The Office

Copying Revolution; Keeping Family Treasures joint author Elizabeth Masters writes for the

National Archives and is the author of Australia’s Government Explained.

Keeping Family Treasures is available through the National Archives e-shop for $24.95. Further

information is available at

Media contacts: 

Emma Buckley (02) 6212 3957

Yvonne Kennedy (02) 6212 3755

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