Event Details

This course is an introduction to the critical task of conservation housekeeping. It will include identifying the main threats to collection and selection of collections management strategies to minimise their impact. We will consider how to work with the existing building and team and the development of sustainable work plans . 

Aimed at both museums and historic house settings it will cover:

  • The agents of decay

  • Risk awareness and assessment for collections and people

  • Basic housekeeping methods, materials and techniques

  • Basic object cleaning methods, materials and techniques

  • Planning and managing work

The course will be lead by conservators Deborah Walton of the University of Cambridge Museums and Andy Calver of Palace House Newmarket. It is suitable for everybody responsible for, working on, or new to conservation housekeeping. 

Participants will undertake practical tasks during the day.  This will include being outside and may include kneeling or sitting on the floor. Please dress accordingly. There will be significant standing during some of the discussions and practical work as they take place outside of the training room.  If participants already have them the following items may prove useful: Binoculars, good torch, magnifying glass/inspection lense/eye loupe etc But please do not buy anything specifically.

Lunch will not be provided but refreshments will be available on arrival. 

Terms & Conditions:

 Full details of our programmes conditions can be found on our website. 

By booking a place on to SHARE Museums East Training Programme, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

  • That you are from an East of England museum or heritage organisation which is in the Arts Council England’s Accreditation Scheme. Where this is not applicable you acknowledge that so that we can aim to facilitate your attendance if we can. (This may involve a fee).

  • It is a condition of receiving this ACE funded training that the online evaluation sent to the email address provided at the point of booking is completed by the specified deadline. This deadline is in the email notification unless a paper evaluation is specifically requested and submitted on the day of the training session.

  • By booking a place you agree that you are booking as a representative of your organisation and should you cancel your booking without sufficient notice your organisation is responsible for paying the late cancellation fee of £50.


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