Conservation ConneCTion receives IMLS Implementation Grant

Conservation ConneCTion is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a 2010 Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collection’s implementation grant. Connecticut is one of only five states to receive funding.

As part of this grant Conservation ConneCTion will present two workshop series, one on disaster planning and response and the other on the care and storage of historic collections. These topics were identified as high priorities by Conservation ConneCTion’s statewide survey (2009).

The Connecting to Collections Workshop Series: Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Workshop will be presented in collaboration with preservation service staff from the Northeast Document Conservation Center. As part of this three-part series
participating institutions will learn about disaster planning, learn to complete dPlan Lite with the assistance of NEDCC staff, receive hands-on training in disaster response and recovery, and receive a site visit from NEDCC staff who will conduct a half-day training session at each participanting institution on carrying out their disaster plan.   This workshop series will begin in July 2010.  Please watch your mail for the workshop brochure or visit us again to download a printable version of the brochure in June.

The Connecting to Collections Workshop Series: Care and Storage of Historic Collection will be presented in collaboration with the Connecticut League of History Organizations. This multi-part program will present best practices and standards for organizing and furnishing collection storage rooms on a budget, housing various collection types, implementing retrieval systems and marking systems for quick removal of collections in the event of an emergency.

The first workshop will be on low-tech storage solutions and  techniques, followed by workshops that focus on the care and storage of paintings, furniture, costumes and textiles, books and paper, photographs, decorative arts and metals and tools.  All participants in this workshop series will have the opportunity to select one faculty member to come to their institution for a half day site visit to examine and make verbal recommendation regarding the care and storage of their historic collections.

This workshop series will begin in September 2010. Please watch your mail for a program brochure to be mailed this summer. You can also visit the Conservation ConneCTion website to download a brochure. Registration is required