Collections Stewardship Recorded Webinars
Colleagues from a variety of institutions discuss practical solutions to collections storage issues and ways to effectively care for collections using available materials, resources and your own needs-based ingenuity. Topics include archival storage boxes, mounts, media/photo storage, and barrier material, applicable to museums of many sizes, budgets and disciplines.
A practical review of collection issues—made more difficult by dwindling resources—including institutional guidelines, processing incoming objects, accessioning and keeping track of collections.
Explore practical tools to help develop a collections management policy reflecting a shared institutional vision and commitment to sound practices, increased knowledge of resources and policy longevity. Learn the differences between policies, plans and procedures, and how to address critical issues including acquisition, accession, deaccession, research use and loans of collection objects.
Practitioners in the field explore handling non-traditional contemporary objects during exhibition and storage. Each presenter addresses a single object move they have encountered which challenged their expertise. Each case will examine risk assessment; pre-planning the move; the logistics of putting the risk assessed elements into place; the move itself; logistics, equipment, and staff of movement; and post-move assessment.
This webinar focuses on step-by-step procedures used by art, science and other museums when objects are acquired (by gift and purchase) or when they are reposited. Presenters also discuss current ethical and legal trends and their implications on the acquisitions process.
Experienced practitioners discuss basic principles and practices for handling two-dimensional Western objects, including works on paper and paintings. In comparison, guidelines for safe display and care of traditional East Asian painting and calligraphy formats are addressed.
Disaster preparedness and recovery is a team effort: visitor safety, collections care, public relations and business operations. This program covers low-cost, practical tips for emergency preparedness, a discussion of cooperative disaster networks and lessons learned from emergency response teams.
Explore the importance of the first 24-48 hours in responding to water emergencies that impact works on paper, including the benefits and implications of a variety of responses (keeping objects wet, air drying, freezing, etc.). Presenters share real-life examples of water emergencies, responses taken, lessons learned and tips for next steps beyond the 24-48 hour response period. This webinar focuses on paper, but not paintings, drawings, etc.