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.

Access to more free conservation & collection care advice for London Region Museums during Lockdown
Whilst everyone is currently on lockdown, you may have had some time to consider collection issues which often get overtaken by day to day work and activities and would like to get some help with addressing them. So if you are a member of staff or volunteer in a London region museum and would like advice from the Museum of London team of conservators via a Zoom meeting, we would be delighted to hear from you. Our conservators cover the areas of paper, textiles, applied arts, archaeology and collection care. We can’t offer advice on treating specific objects, however if you would like to ask about issues such as storage, display, handling and packing, suitable environmental conditions or general conservation advice for your various collections then please email Libby on [email protected] and briefly describe your collection concerns and what you would like to discuss, then we will get together the people who can help and arrange a Zoom meeting with you.

Collection care training sessions

Collection Cares
Thursday 28 2021, 10.30 – 11.30am on Zoom

The main theme for this session is “Coping with collection care during the pandemic”. Our guest contributors will be Alison Duke, Collections Manager, from The Foundling Museum & Sofie Davis, Interpretation Officer, from Keats House, with Libby Finney, Regional Collection Care Development Officer facilitating discussion and available for further queries / advice.

This is the first in a series of informal “Collection Cares” sessions, in which there is the opportunity to raise and discuss collection care concerns and how we can resolve them together. These skills-sharing sessions will be led by staff and volunteers from museums who have first-hand experience of the subjects being discussed. We hope that you will find these short sessions insightful, interactive and informal, where you can gain new insights from our guests and fellow participants and catch up with regional colleagues.

The group will be kept quite small to enable a more informal and interactive approach. So if you have missed sharing ideas and catching up with fellow museum folk over lunch and coffee on our training courses, then please come along to 'Collection Cares' and join in with the conversation.

If you would like to join in, please email Libby Finney on [email protected] and confirm you would like to attend. Acceptance is on a first come first served basis and as the group numbers will be kept small, it is advisable to confirm early. Final deadline for taking bookings is 25 January 2021.

Unwelcome surprises?
04 February and 04 March, 10am - 12pm
Have you ever considered there may be unrecorded object hazards lurking in your museum's store? Do you worry about knowing what to look for or where to begin? Does the thought of discovering object hazards in your store fill you with trepidation? If so, these introductory level on-line courses will help you become more proficient in a range of commonly encountered hazards, recognise the types of objects with which they are often associated, understand the kinds of risks arising from using these hazardous objects, and know what to do and what not to do with your collections.Your tutor for both courses will be Larry Carr.

04 February 2021 from 10.00 – 12.00
Session 1 - Collections hazards and where to find them

In part one of this course you will learn about a range of commonly encountered hazards in museum objects. Various examples will be shown and discussed.

04 March 2021 from 10.00 – 12.00
Session 2 - Staying safe with collections hazards

In part two of this course you will develop your knowledge of commonly encountered hazards in museum collections. The focus will be on how to evaluate and manage risks and decide what to do and what not to do with hazardous objects. There will be ample opportunity for general questions during both sessions, but if you have queries about specific issues, we would ask that you submit them in advance.

If you would like a booking form for either or both of these courses, please email Libby on [email protected].We look forward to seeing you soon.

Putting on a show
18 February 2021, first part 10.00 – 12.00 ; second part 14.30 – 16.00

Course tutor: Clare Reynolds ACR, paper conservator, Museum of London.

Nearly every museum exhibition involves paper in its infinite and varied forms (books, newspapers, letters, postcards, posters, drawings).On this online course you will learn how to put them on display safely and avoid the pitfalls many have fallen into.

There will be hands-on practical elements to this course, so it has been split into two parts across the day, enabling participants to have time between sessions to try out the practical elements before joining in for the afternoon where they can follow along with Clare again.Participants will be sent a kit of the materials and equipment used during the course beforehand, so that they can fully participate in the practical elements of the course and continue to use them, with their newly acquired skills, in their institution thereafter.

As this course will involve the delivery of kits to applicants, it is only open to staff and volunteers from London region museums.

If you would like a booking form or any further information about this course please email Libby on [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