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Online class on museum microclimates

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2009
MS242: Museum Microclimates
Dates: Jan 4-29, 2010
Price: $475
Instructor: Jerry Shiner

Description: 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
<URL:>  If you have
trouble please contact Helen Alten at helen<-at->collectioncare<.>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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