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Acquisitions and deaccessions

Bayside City Council's Art and Heritage Collection is a significant cultural asset held in trust by the Council, for the people of Bayside. The Collection aims to:

  • Nurture a sense of community and shared history;
  • Assist in developing a sense of identity, pride and place;
  • Enhance and enrich public spaces;
  • Promote art and artists as a valuable part of the Bayside community

Council may acquire works for inclusion in the Collection that fit the Art and Heritage Collection Policy through purchase, donations, commission, prizes, bequest and exchange. From time to time items may be deacessioned, or formally removed from the collection. Deaccessioning is a very important collections management activity as a means of improving the collections by rationalising, consolidating and focusing the collections.

 

Deaccessioning textiles

At the ordinary meeting of Council held 17/12/2019 Council approved a recommendation made by the Bayside Arts Board to deaccession a number of textile items from its Art and Heritage Collection as they do not comply with Council’s Art and Heritage Collection Policy.

Council is calling on anyone who donated costumes and textiles to Black Rock House and Billilla Historic Mansion to contact us as we begin to deaccession around 200 of these items.

Please contact Assistant Curator, Nicole Salvo 03 9261 7110 or via nsalvo [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Deaccession%20of%20Textile%20Collection) (email) if you have donated a textile item you wish to be returned.

 

Frequently asked questions

The Collection is made up of Visual Arts, Cultural Heritage (including Memorials and Monuments) Local Government and Public Art. For more information, visit here

 

The collection of textiles falls under Cultural Heritage and ranges from the 1850s to the 1960s with the greater part of items dated between 1880 to 1920. It consists mainly of women's day and evening wear and accessories suitable to the middle-classes. There is a large amount of white wear (undergarments and bed clothes). The collection was formed through donations as a means of ‘dressing’ Billilla (when it operated as an historic house open to the public) as well as Black Rock House. 

 

No. The majority of the collection has little recorded provenance prior to its acceptance into the collection and none of the items are known to have any direct connection to any of the historic houses in Bayside i.e. Billilla or Black Rock House or the families who lived there.

 

No. The costumes and textiles are no longer used and have remained in storage for a number of years.

 

At the ordinary meeting of Council held 17/12/2019 Council approved a recommendation made by the Bayside Arts Board to deaccession a number of textile items from its Art and Heritage Collection as they do not comply with Council’s Art and Heritage Collection Policy. The purpose of this Policy is to guide the acquisition, management and deaccession of items in the collection so that it tells the story of the Bayside.

 

Deaccession is the process that formally removes an item from the collection. Following deaccession, the item maybe disposed of by being returned to the donor; offered as a gift or exchanged with other public museums, historical societies or universities; offered for public sale through a reputable dealer or auction house; or being destroyed.

 

Yes. Deaccessioning is a very important collections management activity as a means of improving the collections by rationalising, consolidating and focusing the collections. With limited operational, financial and human resources to manage the collection in accordance with museum standards, an ongoing program of deaccessioning is required to refine holdings. For more information about why organisations deaccession, visit Museums & Galleries of NSW website here.

 

In the first instance we will offer any items back to known donors, after which we will be offering items to a number of public institutions. 

 

They will be sold, and any funds received will be applied to maintaining the core collection appropriately. Any items that are not suitable for sale will be disposed of.

 

Definitions

Accession
means the process which formally acknowledges an item as part of the collection. 

Acquisition 
means the process of obtaining valid title to an item in the collection. Works may be acquired through various formal methods including purchase, gift and bequest.  

Deaccession
means the process that formally removes an item from the collection. Following deaccession, the item maybe disposed of or exchanged.

Disposal 
means selling, gifting or destroying an item from the collection that has been deaccessioned from the collection in accordance with the collection policy.

Provenance 
means the history and ownership of an item from the time of its discovery or creation to the present day, from which authenticity and ownership is determined.