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Museum Cleaning Basics On-line Course

SKU: ms217


Instructor: Elizabeth Burton
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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 institution.

Course Outline:

1) Introduction

2) Agents of Deterioration

3) Health and safety for the object and for you

4) Equipment and supplies

5) Cleaning techniques

6) Documentation

7) Spring Cleaning: Housekeeping Manual

8) Conclusion

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