Ibaraki Network News Letter vol.8

~The News Letter on 22nd September of Ibaraki Network~

  • We held the cleaning operation for exhibited materials in Kitaibaraki City Museum for Fishery History ”You Sorou”

On 17th September, The rescue operation for the exhibited materials of Kitaibaraki City Museum for Fishery History, which were damaged by the Tsunami, was carried out by the voluntary staff who responded to the appeal of the Ibaraki Network for Historical Materials. The Tsunami flooded into the inside of the museum to a height of 1.5m, and it caused the loss of exhibited materials, and the remaining ones were also horribly damaged. The removal operation of the earth and sand from inside the building; we therefore held the cleaning operation for the exhibited materials. The damaged materials and artefacts are roughly classified into 3 types; they are the apparatus such as fish-finders, utensils such as nets and anchors, and the exhibition panel and replicas. With regard to the apparatus, interior damage due to the inflow of sand were awful, so we cleaned it by using brush and electrically-powered cleaner. As for the utensils for fishery, we cleaned up the remaining sand which was left here and there, and wiped off the dirt by using the bacteria-eliminating papers. As for the exhibition panel and replicas, whose dirt was comparably milder than the others, we removed the sand by using the bacteria-eliminating papers. The cleaning operations which started at 9:30am smoothly progressed, so we could finish them at around 3:00pm. We hope that the museum will reopen as soon as possible. (wriiten by Mr Tatsuya Fujii)

  • We appreciate your donation to the Ibaraki Network’s Activity

The continuous activity for rescuing and preserving historical materials and cultural properties requires not only manpower but also the financial support. We sincerely appreciate your donation. The donations will be spent for purchasing the supplies for tidying and preserving historical materials and utensils for the operation of conserving the old structures and taking Fusuma(*1) and Byobu(*2) to pieces, or managing the Ibaraki Network.

(NB: Someone who wishes to donate to the Ibaraki Network, please leave your comment)

*1 Fusuma(襖): sliding door made from paper and wood, used to partition off rooms in a Japanese house. Sometimes they have beautiful traditional pictures, or old historical documents on the underside to strengthen against being torn part.

*2 Byobu(屏風):a holding screen with a coloured paintings or a black-and-white drawing using Japanese patterns



About Nerwork for Historical Materials
A volunteer group for preserving Cultural Heritage suffered from natural disasters

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