Kiama residents can learn how to care for wedding dresses, photo albums, medals and trophies at today's video conference on protection and preservation at Kiama Library.
Using technology and equipment from the National Broadband Network, the library will connect with the National Museum of Australia and participate in their Door to Store: Caring for your Collection program.
It is a series of presentations on how to care for particular collections. The conference includes practical demonstrations and examples, as well question and answer opportunities.
Kiama council's manager of library services Michelle Hudson said the interactive environment would allow participants to speak with the museum's conservation team in Canberra.
"This is an exciting initiative which allows local people who attend virtually to connect with cultural collections and experts from the NMA in real time," she said.
"It won't be like watching a television."
The first session will focus on wedding dresses and photo albums, with other sessions following throughout the year.
"We are looking forward to linking up with the NMA for future sessions, including one which will focus on keeping medals and trophies in mint condition."
The video conference will be held in the Kiama Library auditorium from 12.30-1.30pm.