This eight-week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.
Each week of this course contains a narrative discussion of a topic in the form of Lessons. Lessons are must-reads. Lessons, along with readings from the two course books and the handouts, combined with your professional experiences, will provide you with a grounding in the week’s topic. All reading materials will be provided within the online classroom.
This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with conservation of collections. This course requires participants have access to museum collections to successfully complete this course, either as a staff member, volunteer, or intern.
COURSE DATES: April 29 – June 23, 2019
COST: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers
OPEN REGISTRATION: March 5 – April 22, 2019; 30 person limit
FORMAT: Online, weekly-paced course.
LENGTH: 8 weeks
PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly forum discussions, assignments
MATERIALS: There are no required texts for this course. All materials will be provided.
CREDIT: Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.