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Subject: Online course on collections areas

Online course on collections areas

From: Helen Alten <helen>
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Northern States Conservation Center announces a new online course
about cleaning collections areas, displays and collections starting
in early January 2008.

MS 217:  Museum Cleaning Basics (new course)
Instructor: Gretchen Anderson
January 7 - February 1, 2008
Price: $425
Location:  <URL:>

Description: Museum Cleaning Basics explores everything you need to
know about cleaning your collections. Participants learn when to
clean  and when not to clean.  They also learn how to make those
decisions.  Topics range from basic housekeeping to specific
techniques for specific objects. You will learn why cleaning is
important and how to prevent damage when cleaning. We will look at
specific techniques that minimize damage while getting the work
done. And we will discuss when to call in a specialist, such as a
conservator.  Students will create a housekeeping manual for their

Course Outline

    Agents of Deterioration
    Health and safety for the object and for you
    Equipment and supplies
    Cleaning techniques
    Spring Cleaning: Housekeeping Manual

Logistics: Participants in Museum Cleaning Basics work through
sections at their own pace. Instructor Gretchen Anderson is
available for scheduled email support. Materials and resources
include online literature, slide lectures and dialog between
students and online chats led by the instructor. The course is
limited to 20 participants.

Museum Cleaning Basics runs four weeks. Please enroll at
<URL:> and pay for the course at
<URL:>. If you have
trouble completing an on-line order, please contact Helen Alten at
helen [at] collectioncare__org.

The Instructor: Objects conservator Gretchen Anderson learned her
craft at the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian's
Conservation Analytical Lab, the Canadian Conservation Institute,
Getty Conservation Lab, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and
the Minnesota Historical Society. She established the conservation
department at the Science Museum of Minnesota in 1989. Ms. Anderson
is a member of the American Institute for Conservation and the
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. She
lectures and presents workshops on preventive conservation, IPM, and
practical methods and materials for storage of collections.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 21:36
               Distributed: Wednesday, December 19, 2007
                       Message Id: cdl-21-36-010
Received on Tuesday, 18 December, 2007

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