Online Museum Classes
One of the great benefits of the 21st century is the abundance of materials for storing and displaying collections. Materials for Storage and Display covers this vast array in detail. Lectures and handouts separate materials by properties: rigid, padding, barrier and attachments. Slide shows illustrate the use of each. The course emphasizes acid-free materials and how to retrofit less appropriate materials. Materials for Storage and Display keeps current with the latest materials available for preservation. Using material testing as a decision making tool is covered. Participants receive notebooks with samples of all of the materials discussed.
2. Choosing and Testing
3. Rigid Materials
4. Padding Materials
5. Barrier Materials
6. Tie Materials
7. Bad Materials
Participants in Materials for Storage and Display work at their own pace through eight sections. Instructor Helen Alten is available at scheduled times during the course for email support. Students work individually and interact through forums and scheduled online chats. Materials include PowerPoint lectures, readings and lecture notes, as well as message forums, projects, quizzes, and links to relevant web sites. The course is limited to 20 participants.
Materials for Storage and Display lasts 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 from MS204: Materials for Storage and Display:
"The PowerPoint slides were really helpful; I need to visually see what the material looks like and how it is used. Being able to touch the samples also was a plus."
"A high mark because you obviously know the material well, and the lectures and readings have been very informative."
"I enjoyed the format of the lectures, the additional reading lists provided and the feedback from the professor."
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.