The Museum of Anthropology received the North Carolina Preservation Consortium’s (NCPC) inaugural Award for Collection Preservation Excellence during the NCPC Annual Conference earlier this month. The award honors those committed to collections preservation and is intended to raise public awareness of the organizational and philanthropic funding so vital for preservation resources.
LeRae Umfleet, chief of collections management for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, and her Connecting to Collections project team members Adrienne Berney and Matt Hunt, recognized the efforts of several museum staff members in their nomination. They praised Director Stephen Whittington for his vision and dedication to improve the museum’s preservation program. Registrar and Collections Manager Kyle Elizabeth Bryner was commended for her role in the implementation of best practices. Sara Cromwell, public relations, marketing and membership coordinator, was also recognized for her contributions to preservation fundraising.
During the award presentation NCPC President KaeLi Schurr declared, “In selecting the Museum of Anthropology, the North Carolina Preservation Consortium Board of Directors recognizes an organization that has demonstrated an outstanding strategy for long-term preservation and conservation planning.”
After a decade of sustained effort, the Museum of Anthropology has a fully inventoried collection, a collections management plan, a long-range conservation plan, an emergency response plan, and a collections storage facility equipped with climate control, fire detection and suppression systems, artifact mounts, and compact shelving. The support of the Office of Provost, Dean of the College, and Facilities and Campus Services was instrumental to the creation of collections storage space for the museum in the University’s off-site storage facility.