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Online course on cleaning

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
MS217: Museum Cleaning Basics
Instructor: Gretchen Anderson
April 1 - May 10, 2013
Location: Online at <URL:>

Description: Cobwebs in the gallery, dust on the dinosaur skeleton,
mice in storage--a dirty museum results in poor visitor experience
and poor collections preservation. In a museum, cleanliness really
is next to godliness. 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

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 six weeks. To learn more about the
course and sign up go to
If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at

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. She is the co-author of A Holistic Approach to Museum
    Pest Management, a technical leaflet for the American
    Association for State and Local History and established a
    rigorous IPM program for the Science Museum. She was a key
    member in the planning team that designed and built a new
    facility for the Science Museum of Minnesota. This endeavor
    resulted in not only a state of the art exhibition and storage
    facility, but also a major publication about the experience of
    building a new museum and creating the correct environments:
    Moving the Mountain. In 2009 she accepted the position of
    conservator and head of the conservation section at the Carnegie
    Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. 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,
    cleaning in museums, and practical methods and materials for
    storage of collections.

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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