Providing collection care, preservation and conservation treatment services to collectors and collecting institutions.
Online Museum Classes
Collections management is a critical component of running a museum. Most museums have collections and these collections drive the public functions and activities of the institution. Collections management is the physical and intellectual management of these items. In this course we will examine how information is collected and recorded for each object brought into the collection - a process called registration. We will also examine the policies that govern what is brought into the collection, including the most important piece of institutional policy--the museum mission statement. These policies are assembled into the collections management 'bible'--the registration manual. At the end of this course you should have a clear understanding of how and why collections are documented in museums and the governing principles that drive daily museum activities.Course Outline:
2. The Museum Mission Statement
3. Accessioning and Numbering
4. Registration Manual
Participants in the Basics of Museum Registration work at their own pace through five sections and interact through online forums and chats. Instructor Peggy Schaller will be available at scheduled times for email support. The course covers everything you need to know to process a collection. Materials include online readings and lecture notes, slide shows, quizzes and links to relevant web sites.
Basics of Museum Registration runs for four weeks. To reserve a spot in the course, please pay at http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.html If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Comments for MS103: The Basics of Museum Registration
" I liked the exercise where we chose the different items we would have in the museum. That one was hard because I didn't always know how to justify something I wanted or didn't want … I was even asking my family at the dinner table and we were all talking about what we would keep and what we wouldn't! I would definitely take another class."
This course was a great quick course … I will look forward to taking more in the future … The instructor was very helpful and available.
"The class was set up so that someone with very little time could learn a lot in a short period. It provided information that was useful in the actual context of work."
"I have enjoyed many of the classes offered through NSCC and really learn a lot. … The class was taught extremely well and provided grateful information. Peggy was an inspiring person with so much to learn from!
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