Thursday, October 10, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 2019
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern Time
We all think we know how to clean. After all, we do it at home. We dust, vacuum, wash the dishes, polish the silver, and wash the floor. However, the methods we use at home have the potential of causing damage in our historic house, museum, library or archive – any cultural collections under our care. For instance, the accumulation of dust is both unsightly and damaging to collections. Dirt tracked in from outdoors can damage the wooden floor and historic floor coverings.
When you complete this course you will have a basic introduction of how to clean without damaging cultural property. In four webinars we cannot possibly cover cleaning all types of collections that might be in your institution, but we can give you the tools and resources to develop strategies on how to approach museum/historic housekeeping. The main goal of this course then is to introduce you to the most essential housekeeping methodology and resources.
By participating in this course, you will:
Develop awareness of risks to collections related to cleaning
Determine how to approach cleaning and develop housekeeping strategies.
Acquire basic housekeeping skills for cultural property.
Develop the basics of a housekeeping plan.