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Conservation and Care of Natural History Collections

Location: Natural History Museum, London
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2011-10-17    
End Date: 2011-10-21

Event Description:
The present course is being organized in the framework of the Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) and includes the following topics:

1) Development of Collections Care strategy
* Risk and agents of deterioration
* Ethics in conservation

2) Collection Care Documentation (including database use)

3) Surveys and Assessments
* Collection assessment
* Specimen assessment

4) Health and Safety
* Specimen Hazards

5) Management strategies and the museum Environment (including IPM)
* Monitoring the museum environment
* Control of the museum environment
* Establishing and identifying environmental standards and programmes

6) Storage, Handling and Control
* Types of storage: Wet collections, Molecular collections, Herbarium collections, Dry (organic and inorganic) collections
* Specimen handling
* Packaging and transport

7) Remedial Conservation
* Adhesives and consolidants
* Gap fillers and specimen supports
* Cleaning (including Laser cleaning)

8) Specimen conservation issues for objects on display

Practical experiences will form a large part of the programme and will help students to gain first hand experience of conservation issues for collections and how to minimise risks when handling and using collections.

Course ideal for collections managers, technicians or those responsible for natural history collections.
All types of Natural History (and related) Material will be included in the study.

Deadline for registration: 30 July 2011.
Participants will be notified by 15 August 2011 whether accepted to the course.

Contact email:

Event programme:

Collaborators and organisers:
For more information please contact:
Isabella Van de Velde & Hendrik Gheerardyn
DEST Training -
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels

Training providers:
Chris Collins & Gill Comerford
Palaeontology Conservation Unit, Natural History Museum, London

Website url:

Registration form:

Registration fee: To be confirmed soon.

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

Day-care contact address:

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 8

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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