Museum Conservation Skills Online Course

January 15, 2017 - 12:00am to May 19, 2017 - 12:00am [AST -04:00]

This course, taught by Staci-Marie Dehaney, Jamaica Military Museum, will provide museum professionals and heritage tourism managers and guides with comprehensive exposure to conservation, the key areas of preventive conservation and methods of safeguarding a collection through disaster and recovery planning. This course also provides students with a critical understanding of materials that allows them to be alert to the need to secure the services of a conservator who can provide active conservation (i.e. restorative invasive work on objects). Additionally, by exploring the different areas of collection policy development, record keeping and documentation, students will gain competence in effective museum collection management.   

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to ….

  1. Critically examine the International Council on Museums’ (ICOM’s) definition of museums and arrive at a working definition within the context of the Caribbean
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural context and museum conservation through an examination of special case studies 
  3. Make an assessment and write a comprehensive collections policy for a heritage based facility.
  4. Adequately catalogue and document objects within a Museum collection using the principles of record keeping.
  5. Create condition reports for objects
  6.  Identify agents of deterioration
  7. Conduct Preventive Conservation
  8. Identify and assess object deterioration, determine the required care and take corrective action
  9. Prepare a disaster and recovery management plan and an emergency checklist for a museum or heritage facility
  10. Evaluate facilities of organizations and make recommendations for improving the areas of exhibition, storage and record keeping

Scholarships Available -- Apply by December 23!

Partial scholarships are available to qualifying students. Please see the link below for more information.