The York Residency Museum has two new state-of-the-art, dust free cabinets to help keep its collections in the best possible condition.

Museum curator, Carol Littlefair, said a Lotterywest grant funded the expensive cabinets.  “We can now provide much improved storage for the more vulnerable objects, especially large flat items that are difficult to put in boxes. "Many items, particularly textiles, watercolours and photographs are very vulnerable to fading, dust and insect damage," she said.

"These cabinets are the same as those used at the WA Museum so the people of York can be assured that their heritage is getting the best possible care. "They   
have also helped us to make best use of our very limited storage space. "Unlike the 1970’s when anything old was considered suitable for a museum, we now have strict collecting policies that consider the significance of the object to York,” Ms Littlefair said.

"Some hardworking volunteers have spent the summer reorganising the store and collections to make them ready for the arrival of the new cabinets. “Our volunteers are a great team and do everything from opening the museum to documenting the collections and looking after the gardens. "We’d love more people to get involved and learn how to look after heritage objects and help to keep the museum open. "Without volunteers the museum can’t open and that’s one less attraction for visitors to the town”, she said.

The museum runs  behind-the-scenes tours for groups of 10 or more at any time by arrangement. Anyone who would like to have an outing with a difference should contact Carol Littlefair by email on or call  9641 1751 and leave a message. Admission is free for residents of the York Shire and there is a small charge for others. 

BELOW: York Residency Museum display of scenes from the early convict era.