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Looking after Social History Collections
Tue 18 October 2016, 10:30 – 16:30 BST
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About the event:
This is a specialised session concentrating on the practical aspects of caring for a wide range of social history objects from enameled signs to paper cartons, horse brasses to hairdryers. The day will be a mix of talks, discussions and practical activities. Handouts will be provided for each delegate. There will be an opportunity to purchase or order appropriate cleaning materials, at cost, on the day.
Who should attend?
Volunteers and paid staff who work with social history objects who would like to learn how to care for them and how to undertake simple cleaning. Ideally you should have attended the Introduction to Collection Care course already. If not, you will be sent materials and expected to have studied them before the day.
Max. 20 delegates
What will you learn?
Building on the principles of Collection Care, you will learn how to examine a range of social history objects and decide what can (and should) be done to them. You will try out a variety of practical techniques for cleaning and care of different materials. You will also learn where to buy materials for looking after your social history collection and how to access specialist help when needed.
You are welcome to bring problem items (or photos of them) for discussion.
How does this course support you achieve and maintain Arts Council England’s Accreditation Standard?
The course supports the following Requirements of the Accreditation Standard:
2.4 Care and Conservation Policy and 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan – your Policy must be based on a combination of preventive and remedial conservation, so it is essential to know how far to go when treating an object. The techniques you will learn will enable you to draw up a practical Care and Conservation Plan that sets out procedures and identifies actions to improve collections care in your museum.
Helena Jaeschke, ACR, is an accredited objects conservator who trained in archaeological conservation. As the Conservation Development Officer for the South West, she provides free advice and support for the museums in the region.