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Subject: Online class on museum microclimates

Online class on museum microclimates

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Northern States Conservation Center announces a new online course
for the start of 2009:

MS 242: Museum Microclimates
Instructor: Jerry Shiner
January 5-30, 2009
Price: $425
Location:  <URL:>

A microclimate is the environment immediately surrounding an
artifact. Microclimates designed for optimum storage, display, or
treatment conditions can be created and maintained in showcases,
storage cabinets, rooms, or plastic bags. This course covers the
basics of creating and maintaining microclimates, including
discussions of suitable enclosures and appropriate means of
controlling humidity, temperature, pollution, and oxygen. Learn what
constitutes a microclimate, how to use silica gel and other
environmental control materials, how to reduce internally generated
pollutants, and techniques for monitoring the microclimate you have

Course Outline

    Introduction to Microclimates and History of Microclimates
    Components of a Microclimate
    Microclimate Enclosures
    Passive Environmental Controls
    Active Environmental Controls, Pollution, Case Leakage
    Monitoring a Microclimate

Logistics: Participants in Museum Microclimates work through
sections on their own. Materials and resources include online
literature, slide lectures and dialog between students and the
instructor through online forums.

Museum Microclimates runs four weeks. To reserve a spot in the
course, please pay at


If you have trouble, please contact

    Helen Alten <helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org> or
    Eric Swanson <eric<-a t->museumclasses< . >org>

The Instructor

    Jerry Shiner has been providing consultant services for
    environmental control of museum display and storage applications
    for almost twenty years. Mr. Shiner has extensive expertise in
    both active and passive methods of mitigating and controlling
    humidity, temperature, pollution, and oxygen levels for display
    and storage enclosures. His experience includes working with
    architects, engineers, and conservators to design both local and
    central systems for large museums. As founder of Keepsafe
    Microclimate Systems he has provided hundreds of active and
    passive solutions for low oxygen treatment and storage (anoxia),
    and showcase humidity and temperature control. Mr. Shiner is
    author of numerous articles on microclimate storage and display.
    His clients include museums in the US and Europe. When not
    working on microclimates, Mr. Shiner can bang out a passable
    version of "Lady of Spain" on the accordion.

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