Conservators can help you minimise the risk of events to your historic site
By Claire Fry ACR, Spencer & Fry Ltd
Significant income can be generated from hosting events in museums and historic properties. Events also have the potential to reach a wider demographic than gained from usual opening, therefore expanding the number of visitors and increasing spend at the property/museum.
However, hosting events in sensitive interiors or alongside collection items can also increase risk of damage. Most events will cause an increase in dust levels and potentially increase the risk of accidental damage or theft of collection; events that provide food and drink will increase the likelihood of food debris and spillages which may have an impact on pest activity.
Explore the different aspects of events management or download our Events in Museums and Historic Buildings factsheet.
When considering hosting functions and events at your property it is important to assess the different areas of the house or museum and discuss which spaces are suitable for hosting events. ‘Event’ is a very general term; there may be areas that are suitable for some events but not suitable for more invasive events.
Take a look at our checklist outlining the key decisions that should be made for each area ahead of, during and after events. In addition to the practical considerations that go with planning events, consider the risks and opportunities:
There are several steps you can take to minimise risk to your historic property if you are considering hosting an event. Make sure to:
One of the best ways to minimise risk is to consult a professional conservator. Conservators can support you throughout the process and make sure everything goes smoothly. They can:
Find a conservator you can trust:
National Trust Manual of Housekeeping, Events: Planning and Protection. In The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping. 2005
The Show Must Go On! Your guide to safe, successful and conservation friendly events. Historic Royal Palaces. 2010.