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submitted by NSW Heritage on 30.12.2005

A Lot in Store.

Looking after the shop

Ways to document, care for and interpret our shopping heritage

The changing nature and needs of small
businesses mean that many of our older shops and their contents face an uncertain future.

There are different ways of caring for our
shopping heritage, depending on the circumstances of the particular business and owner, and the local opportunities available to those wanting to look after it.

Perhaps it is your own shop. Perhaps it is a much loved or historically significant local shop that is to be sold, and the precious shelves and counters, equipment and furniture are likely to be removed and sold off too.

The shop owner might be intending to ‘clean
up’, modernise or refurbish, or perhaps the
owner is elderly and the future of the shop
is uncertain.

How can we bring this rich and colourful history with us into the twenty-first century?

The following sections explain how to go about determining what is significant about a shop, and what actions will help to look after it.

• Staying open for business
• Recording the contents
• Understanding significance
• Keeping collections in place
• Making a plan
• Making changes
• Caring for collections
• Putting shops on show

View or download Chapter 5, Looking After the Store of the NSW Heritage Office document - A Lot in Store:


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