Caring for cultural heritage carries with it a responsibility to act ethically, maintain professional standards and stay current. Each skills development programme is tailored to meet the requirements of the participants and their institution. Programme elements include:

  • Developmental – learning new or updating existing skills, (including the use of new technologies and resources)
  • Specific – dealing with problems and finding solutions
  • Practical – hands-on courses.


Please contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Handle with Care: Object Handling Course

This course introduces object handling in a museum environment and includes the following:

  • Guidelines for handling objects within the museum
  • Guidelines for moving objects within the museum
  • Preparing the workspace
  • Safe materials to use for packing and storing objects
  • Packaging fragile objects, textiles, ephemera and photographs
  • Risk assessment, health and safety guidelines
  • Labelling and identification of packed museum objects

Preventative Conservation Course

Preventative conservation in the museum environment covers the following:

  • How environmental conditions affect collections
  • Monitoring and controlling light, temperature, relative humidity (RH) and pollutants
  • Monitoring equipment
  • Housekeeping and housekeeping equipment
  • Pest management
  • Handling, moving and storing objects
  • Risk assessment, health and safety guidelines

Caring for Books

This course focuses on book collections and includes:

  • General survey of collection, generation of reports and prioritisation of work
  • Storage areas, storage containers and storage materials
  • Labelling
  • Dealing with non-standard materials (e.g. books with metal clasps)
  • Rebinding or conserving?
  • Dealing with pests, moulds, etc.
  • Book supports