Storage Solutions for Historic Collections Workshop Series Begins Sept. 27th

Conservation ConneCTion is partnering with the Connecticut League of History Organizations to present the Connecting to Collections Workshop Series: Storage Solutions for Historic Collections.  This multi-part program provides in-depth training on caring, handling and storing historic collections focusing on best practices and low-tech solutions. The workshops will include, designing proper storage environments (low-tech solutions), the care and storage of  various types of museum and library collections (paper, textiles, painting, decorative arts, tools, etc.),  managing storage rooms, developing retrieval systems, tagging critical collections in preparation for an emergency or disaster response, plus much more.  The faculty for this workshop series are conservators with an expertise in collection care and storage.    This program is designed for staff and volunteers at museums, historical societies, libraries, and archives.  This workshop series is funded through an Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collection’s implementation grant.

What you need to do:
All participants will be required to attend the first workshop on designing, implementing and improving collection storage areas (Sept, 27th).

Institutions may send different staff members/volunteers to the programs.  No more than two staff members per program please.

Participants may register for as many of the workshops on the care, storage, and handling of paintings, furniture, textiles/costumes, paper/books, decorative arts, metals/tools, and photographs as they choose to attend. 

What you get:
Behind-the-scenes tours of the storage areas at the workshop host sites.
Resource materials, including a CD-Rom with information provided by the workshop faculty on the proper care, handling, and storage of museum and library collections.
One free “house-call” (per participating institutions) with one of the faculty members to examine the storage concerns at their institution.

Schedule for the Day:

9:30am -10:00am        Registration
10:00am -12:00pm      Review of the Workshop Topic
12:00pm -1:00pm        Lunch (provided)
1:00pm-3:00pm           Workshop Topic, cont.
3:00pm-3:30pm           Behind-the-scenes tour of host storage area

Monday, September 27, 2010
Storage Solutions for Historic Collections  - MANDATORY PROGRAM
with Alex Allardt, ArtCare Resources
at Litchfield Historical Society

Monday, November 8, 2010
Care and Storage of Books and Papers
with Tara Kennedy, Yale University Library
at Lyme Public Hall

Monday, January 10, 2011
Care and Storage of Paintings
with Thomas Branchick, Williamstown Art Conservation Ctr
at Fairfield Museum & History Center

Additional programs on Textiles & Costumes, Decorative Arts, Photographs, Metals and Tools scheduled for spring and summer 2011.  Registration information for these workshops will be mailed in early 2011.

Morning refreshments, lunch, and resource materials are provided for all programs.  Cost is $15 for each full-day program. Space is limited so reserve your spot today by emailing Sandy at or calling (203) 624-9186.  Please visit the Conservation ConneCTion website ( for more information.  Deadline for registering for the September 27th program is September 20th.