How to pack up a museum
MUSEUM volunteers are two months into a painstaking operation of cataloguing and packing up items at Tweed River Regional Museum at Murwillumbah but they were still only just over a quarter of the way through the collection.
The collection was moving to storage so the museum on Queensland Rd could be renovated.
The Friends of the Tweed River Regional Museum have assessed, catalogued and packed about 2000 items of the 8000-item catalogue.
Museum director Judy Kean said the museum had more than 800 items logged in the database.
"Literally before we pack them up and transport them we have to assess and tag each item," Ms Kean said.
"The collection store is under construction. We will be able to keep things stored in excellent condition."
Ms Kean said storage was important because not everything can be on display at any one time.
"Everything is precious," she said.
Friends of the Tweed River Regional Museum are volunteering to help move the collection for the museum's renovation.
"We have about 12 volunteers work each week," Ms Kean said.
"I am actually keeping records and there has been about 1000 hours worked since February."
Tweed Shire Council expects moving the museum to take 12 months.