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Caring for Natural History Collections

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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Brighton, United Kingdom

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This session is designed for museums in Surrey and East & West Sussex to give an introduction into the care of natural history specimens. Lead by conservators from the Natural History Museum, by the end of the course, the participants will: 

  • Understand the main elements that adversely affect natural history collections

  • Conduct a basic assessment of specimen condition

  • Recognise situations that may require expert/specialist conservation intervention

  • Identify possible health and safety hazards within collections and know how to mitigate risks

  • Apply the principals for creating appropriate environments and physical storage for specimens and collections.

  • Implement a range of remedial conservation techniques.

  • Identify and plan appropriate conservation documentation for natural history collections

Timings: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Morning Session:

  • agents of deterioration 

  • handling specimens (inc specimen hazards) 

  • condition reporting of objects and supporting documentation 

  • basic cleaning of specimens

Afternoon Session:

  • monitoring and control of the museum environment 

  • building stable environments 

  • storing, packaging and displaying specimens 

  • surgery session - bring along items / photographs of items if you would like some specific advice  

This session also includes a visit to the conservation department at Natural History Museum to visit on the 9th November 2016 at 10:30-12:30. The session will last 2 hours. This visit is offered as part of the course and it is expected that participants make every effort to attend. 

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