Collection care training

The training programmes run by the Regional Collection Care team will remain free, and will be open to everyone working or volunteering within London museums.

As well as the main training programme, we also offer Flexible training, where the Regional Collection Care team come out to your institution to train you on site. For further information about our Flexible training offer, please download our application information (PDF 36kb, opens in new tab).

Many collection care courses come with free kits which complement the course and enable participants to put their new found knowledge into practice back at their institution.

Care and Handling of Objects Made Wholly or Partly of Leather and Related Materials
15 November 2018
Museum of London (Mortimer Wheeler House)

This course is particularly suitable for museum staff & volunteers who are caring for objects made wholly or partly of leather or related materials (including books and parchment documents) in their collections. It will cover basic structure of leather, common problems and causes of damage and deterioration as well as advising on storage and display and recommended environmental guidelines. A practical session will include handling and very basic cleaning techniques

This course will be led by Yvette A Fletcher BA Hons, MA, ACR Head of Conservation, The Leather Conservation Centre. A free kit will accompany this course. Booking for this course will open on 01 October 2018. If you would like a booking form please email Sandy Ryan at [email protected] .

Care and Handling of Objects Made Wholly or Partly of Leather and Related Materials
15 November 2018

Museum of London (Mortimer Wheeler House)

This course is particularly suitable for museum staff & volunteers who are caring for objects made wholly or partly of leather or related materials (including books and parchment documents) in their collections.It will cover basic structure of leather, common problems and causes of damage and deterioration as well as advising on storage and display and recommended environmental guidelines. A practical session will include handling and very basic cleaning techniques

This course will be led by Yvette A Fletcher BA Hons, MA, ACR Head of Conservation, The Leather Conservation Centre.

A free kit will accompany this course.

If you would like a booking form please email Sandy Ryan at [email protected] .

After Hours: The 12 ways of less mess
04 December 2018: 6pm – 8pm
Museum of London

It’s snow fun if your stores are driving you crackers and giving you Noel of a problem, but this short course can help. It will look at a variety of ways in which improvements can be made to stored collections and introduce you to tools which can help you assess and develop your existing storage. There’ll be practical exercises and tips and advice from the Museum of London conservation team. As usual with our After Hours courses we will adjourn for festive free pizza and wine in the adjacent bar. So for a Christmas Tree(t) join us for this session.

Booking for this course will open on 29 October 2018. If you would like a booking form please email Sandy Ryan at [email protected] .

Under the Influence – influence for collection care
24 January 2019
Museum of London (Mortimer Wheeler House)

This course will suit those working in the museum sector who have to try to communicate policies such as collection care to audiences that may need to be won over. The course will be of use to professionals who want to change the way they are heard with a view to being more effective communicators.

The day will combine lectures and activities to help participants to understand the components of influence; plan influence campaigns; deconstruct their own messaging and identify if there are ways to improve; examine issues of personality and gender and discuss any impact. The day will end with action planning, leaving delegates with a toolkit of actions to go back out and try to make themselves heard.

Booking for this course will open on 26 November 2018. If you would like a booking form please email Sandy Ryan at [email protected].

Look good for less – display on a budget
Date tbc (Spring 2019)
Museum of London

This course is suitable for museum staff and volunteers who are responsible for exhibitions and displaying collections.It will look at the basic requirements of displaying a range of objects using a variety of materials and equipment, but with the emphasis on doing it safely on a smaller budget. Conservators and technicians will be sharing some of their top tips for displaying items on a budget whilst not compromising collections or exhibition quality. (Please note that textiles will not be included in this course). A free kit will accompany this course.

Collection care training resources

To support training sessions run by the Collection Care team and to reach a wider audience, a range of e-learning and other tools have been developed.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about the training courses, the support offered by the Regional Collection Care team, or to make suggestions for future training and support, please contact:

email: [email protected]
tel: 020 7814 5582