Providing collection care, preservation and conservation treatment services to collectors and collecting institutions.
Online Museum Classes
Building a new storage facility? Retrofitting an old one? This course provides the blueprint for how to approach architects and engineers as well as redesigning your facility yourself. The course covers the philosophy of storage, the construction requirements, security, fire and water prevention, types of furniture, and how to plan for collections growth.
1. Storage Philosophy
2. Agents of Deterioration and Preservation Planning
3. Storage Facilities
4. Storage Furniture
6. Storage Mounts (bonus section)
Participants in Museum Storage Facilities and Furniture work at their own pace through 5 sections and one bonus section if they choose. Instructor Lori Benson is available at scheduled times during the course for email support. Materials include PowerPoint lectures, reading materials and lecture notes. Supporting resources include message forums, weekly online chats, projects, quizzes and links to relevant web sites. The course is limited to 20 participants.
Museum Storage Facilities and Furniture runs 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 email@example.com
Student Comments for MS202: Museum Storage Facilities and Furniture:
Lori Benson is an independent museum professional based in Maine. Ms. Benson has a B.A. in biology and a Masters of Library and Informational Science specializing in rare books and archives. She started working at the Minnesota Historical Society in 1990, finishing a grant funded position as the Preservation Outreach Representative. After a series of project positions at the Historical Society, including Assistant Moving Coordinator, she was hired by the Science Museum of Minnesota as their first Collections Manager in 1994. She was Project Director in the Research and Collections Division for the new facility planning and move. The project was published as Moving the Mountain, the Science Museum of Minnesota Guide to Moving Collections. In addition to her position at the Science Museum, Ms. Benson was adjunct faculty at Dominican University/College of St. Catherine Department of Library Science teaching Preservation and Conservation of Library Materials and Archives Administration in 2000-2001. In 2003, she was hired by Texas Natural Science Center, University of Texas at Austin (formerly Texas Memorial Museum) to de-accession their entire cultural collection. She continues to be a University of Texas Affiliate. She has taught museum studies to undergraduates and given many talks and lectures on preservation, deaccessioning, project planning and moving. She is a member of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections and the American Aliance of Museums. In her second life, she is a handweaver.
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