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Online course on condition assessments

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
MS010: Condition Assessments
Instructor: Helen Alten
Sep 9 - 13, 2013
Location: online at

Description: Whenever an object leaves or enters your museum, it
should have a dated condition report completed. A condition report
is so much more than "good" or "poor." Learn about different types
of condition reports, what is essential and what is optional
information in each, the function of a condition report, and how to
use an online condition assessment tool.

Logistics: Participants in Condition Assessments will read
literature and participate in two one-hour chats to discuss the
details of condition assessments. Each student should read course
materials and prepare questions or comments to share with the other
students in the chat. There will be homework to reinforce concepts.
This is a mini-course and takes no more than 10 hours of a student's

Condition Assessments lasts one week. To learn more about the course
and reserve a spot go to
If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at

The Instructor:

    Helen Alten, is the Director of Northern States Conservation
    Center and its chief Objects Conservator. For nearly 30 years
    she has been involved in objects conservation, starting as a
    pre-program intern at the Oriental Institute in Chicago and the
    University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. She
    completed a degree in Archaeological Conservation and Materials
    Science from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of
    London in England. She has built and run conservation
    laboratories in Bulgaria, Montana, Greece, Alaska and Minnesota.
    She has a broad understanding of three-dimensional materials and
    their deterioration, wrote and edited the quarterly Collections
    Caretaker, maintains the popular
    <URL:> web site, lectures
    throughout the United States on collection care topics, was
    instrumental in developing a state-wide protocol for disaster
    response in small Minnesota museums, has written, received and
    reviewed grants for NEH and IMLS, worked with local foundations
    funding one of her pilot programs, and is always in search of
    the perfect museum mannequin.

    She has published chapters on conservation and deterioration of
    archeological glass with the Materials Research Society and the
    York Archaeological Trust, four chapters on different mannequin
    construction techniques in Museum Mannequins: A Guide for
    Creating the Perfect Fit (2002), preservation planning,
    policies, forms and procedures needed for a small museum in The
    Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums' Collection
    Initiative Manual, and is co-editor of the penultimate book on
    numbering museum collections (still in process) by the Gilcrease
    Museum in Oklahoma. Helen Alten has been a Field Education
    Director, Conservator, and staff trainer. She began working with
    people from small, rural, and tribal museums while as the state
    conservator for Montana and Alaska. Helen currently conducts
    conservation treatments and operates a conservation center in
    Charleston, WV and St. Paul, MN.

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:10
                  Distributed: Monday, August 26, 2013
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Received on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013

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