Learn the key skills needed to care for a heritage collection, and when to get a specialist involved
From minor cracks in a objects to unprecedented water leaks, there are a huge range of conservation issues that can impact a heritage institution's collection.
But without a official conservator on board, what are the measures that a non-specialist can take to mitigate damages and keep a collection secure?
This course will provide an overview of the key aspects of collections care, and provide relevant conservation training for those working in heritage institutions who don’t currently employ a dedicated conservator.
Through this course, attendees will:
10.30am – 1.30pm BST, 27 April 2023 ‐ 3 hours
10.30am – 1.30pm BST, 4 May 2023 ‐ 3 hours
This course is aimed at anyone working for or volunteering at heritage institutions, or anyone who has an interest in conservation.
The course will take place over four sessions. The first three sessions will take place over Zoom, and the fourth will take place in-person at Birmingham Museum Collection Centre.
Please make sure you can attend all sessions before booking.
After the course, all delegates will gain a stronger understanding of how to care for their collections, understand the limits of their own knowledge and skills, and know when to bring in a professional conservator.
Attendees will also all receive a certificate confirming attendance to the programme.
Head of Collection Services, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Jane graduated in Archaeological Conservation from Cardiff University in 1993. After a spell as a self-employed object conservator, she moved into Collection Care. In 2001 she became the conservator on the project to re-locate Birmingham’s science and industry collection of 40,000 objects ranging from pen nibs to drop hammers. In 2003 Jane became a Conservator (Preventive) at Birmingham Museums Trust and is now Conservation Team Leader. In this post she is responsible for collection care across Birmingham’s nine sites. She began a programme of training and advice on collection care for museums in the West Midlands under the Renaissance in the Regions scheme and training is still one of the most enjoyable parts of the job. The best bit of the job is IPM and Jane is never happier than when she is staring at insects down a microscope.
She is the co-founder and administrator of the UK-based integrated pest management website, www.whatseatingyourcollection.com and is an accredited member of Icon and chairs its Care of Collections Group.