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 regarding our flexible training offer please email Sandy Ryan [email protected].

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.

Hazards in Collections: eTool Training Programme
Tuesday 03 September
Museum of London

This full day classroom-based training session accompanies the launch of the Museum of London’s exciting new Hazards in Collections eTool. Delegates will learn about thirteen commonly encountered hazards in collections: what they are, why they are hazardous, where they can be found, what the law says about them, what a museum must do, and, what you can do. The session is suitable for staff or volunteers, who have little or no prior experience and training in hazards in collections, but who are responsible for, or work with, museum collections. At the end of this special launch session there will be an extended opportunity for session feedback and questions with some of the authors of the eTool.

The course will focus on the topic areas of the Museum of London’s Hazards in Collections eTool: Arsenic, Asbestos, Biological hazards, Controlled drugs, Explosives and energetic materials, Firearms, Kinetic Hazards, Lead, Mercury, Mould, Nitrate film, Radiation, Spirit Collections.

Booking opens on 05 August 2019. If you would like a booking form, please email Sandy Ryan, on or after that date, at [email protected].

Reduce and recycle event – free materials and equipment on offer
Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 September
Mortimer Wheeler House

The regional collection programme has, over the years it has been running, purchased materials and equipment for training use and free training course kits. Inevitably any unused / spare materials and equipment have accumulated and we no longer have the space to store them. The Museum of London also has items it no longer requires and so in the spirit of recycling and reducing without waste, we are offering all these items, free of charge, to London region museums. If you would like a list of what is available please contact Sandy Ryan at [email protected]. You will be sent the list and a booking form on which you need to list the items you would like together with the quantity required and a brief description of how they will benefit your collection care programme. Closing date for applications is 10 August, after which you will be advised which items you have been awarded. All items MUST be collected from Mortimer Wheeler House on 11 or 12 September. After this date the items will no longer be available. Preference will be given to Accredited non-national London region museums. If you have any questions please email Sandy or Libby on the colcaretraining email above.

Keep on Running: Museum building services, managing them or asking the right questions of those who do
Tuesday 24 September
Museum of London

Are you responsible for your museum facilities as all or part of your role, or do you want to understand more about managing these critical museum services and how they impact on your work? If you have to spend any time thinking about toilets, building maintenance, tendering, collection storage temp & humidity, cleaning, lifts - then this course will give you tools and knowledge to build your understanding of how to operate your facilities or empower you to ask the right questions of those who do. Booking for this course will open on 13 August 2019. If you would like a booking form please email Sandy Ryan at [email protected].

I like to move it, move it: couriering collection objects
Tuesday 26 November
Museum of London

What are the responsibilities of a courier? What does the role entail? What can a courier expect? This course, based on the European Courier Training Framework (endorsed by UK Registrars Group), will explain the fundamental principles of couriering and how to support a courier, as well as giving attendees experience with typical issues and scenarios. We also look at key principles of lending and borrowing in overview. The course is suitable for anyone from a beginner to an experienced courier, looking to develop and share their skills to ensure best practice in the role. A free kit accompanies this course. Booking opens 14 October 2019. If you would like a booking form, please email Sandy Ryan, on or after that date, at [email protected].

What’s eating your collections? Part 1
Monday 27 January 2020
Museum of London

What is IPM? What is eating your collections? This course will explain. The course will look at why insects want to be inside your museum, the damage they can do and how you can find out if you have an infestation or not. This course is suitable for anyone who is concerned that their collections might be being eaten or just wants to know more about the wonderful world of bugs. A free kit will accompany this course. Booking for this course will open on 02 December 2019. If you would like to book onto What’s Eating Your Collection parts 1 and 2 together we can take both bookings at this time. If you would like a booking form(s) please email Sandy Ryan at [email protected].

What’s eating your collections? Part 2
Tuesday 25 February 2020
Museum of London

Following on from Part 1: What insects could damage your collections? What can you do to stop them? This course will help you to identify insects that want to eat your collection and explain the main control options. Case studies will show how IPM can be an effective tool in your museum. This course is suitable for who is it suitable for: Anyone who has responsibility for caring for collections. Ideally, participants will have attended 'What’s eating your collections? Part 1'. A free kit will accompany this course. Booking for this course will open on 13 January 2019. If you would like a booking form please email Sandy Ryan at [email protected].

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