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Course on geological conservation

From: Sally Shelton <libsdnhm>
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 1995
Preventative Conservation of Geological Materials
presented by the San Diego Natural History Museum
in conjunction with International Academic Projects, London
June 13-17, 1995

This is an intensive 5-day, professional short course for anyone
concerned with the care of geological-origin materials in geology and
archaeology collections, art and architecture. Practical techniques,
tools, and materials are emphasized.

Course Topics

    *   Nature, identification, and characteristic degradation of mineral and
        stone types.

    *   Environmental monitoring and identification of sensitive

    *   Cleaning, adhesion and consolidation.

    *   Storage concerns and creating micro-environments for reactive

    *   Special concerns of fossils and fossil-bearing materials.

    *   Special concerns of stone artifact collections.

    *   Management and conservation of significant geological sites.

    *   Health and safety concerns (arsenic, asbestos, lead, mercury,
        radon, etc.): testing and protection.

    *   Weathering, salt migration, and efflorescence.

    *   Geological elements in architecture.

    *   Product information and materials testing.

The course will emphasise practical information and techniques, with at
least one field trip.


    Chris Collins, Conservator, Geological Conservation Unit, Sedgwick
    Museum, Cambridge, UK. Mr Collins has conducted the only
    post-graduate diploma course in geological conservation (Cambridge,

    Sally Shelton, Director of Collections Care and Conservation, San
    Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, California, USA. Ms.
    Shelton has completed the Cambridge course and has led several IAP

International Academic Projects is committed to providing high-level
professional short courses to the museum and conservation communities.
These courses are open to anyone with an interest in the field. For a
complete catalogue please contact:

    James Black
    International Academic Projects
    31-34 Gordon Square
    London WC11 0PY     United Kingdom
    phone (171) 387-9651
    FAX   (171) 388-0283

Course Location and Fees

The course will be held at the San Diego Natural History Museum, located
in Balboa Park, easily accessible from the airport, major freeways,
train station and bus lines. Maps, additional information and readings
will be provided in the course mail-out, to be sent in early May.

Fee information is available upon request. The course limit is 20
participants. The registration fee does not include transportation,
lodging, or meals. Certification will be provided upon successful course
completion. Please call if you have special needs.

The Balboa Park Inn, a bed and breakfast hotel, is located within easy
walking distance of the museum and offers a 10% discount to museum
guests. Other lodging and dining suggestions will be sent on request to
registrants. Some social activities will be arranged for course

The San Diego Natural History Museum is part of the Balboa Park museum
community. It was established by the San Diego Society of Natural
History, which was founded in 1874. The museum works to interpret the
natural world through research, education, and exhibits; to promote
understanding of the evolution and diversity of Southern California and
Baja California; and to inspire in all people respect for the
environment. The museum houses over 7 million specimens, a reference
library and archives, and two floors of exhibit galleries. The museum is
accredited by the American Association of Museums.

International Academic Projects sponsors ongoing professional education
to museum and conservation professionals around the world. Intensive IAP
short courses provide professional training and updates in materials,
methods and information.

To register: contact

    Sally Shelton
    San Diego Natural History Museum
    P. O. Box 1390
    San Diego, California 92112  USA
    Fax: 619-232-0248
    libsdnhm [at] class__org

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