CULTURAL HERITAGE STAFF TRAINING
Cultural heritage staff has an important impact on the survival of collections. The people involved are the frontline workers in handling, transporting, storing and exhibiting collections. They share quite some responsibility, which makes their job interesting but also demanding. Well-trained staff is a condition sine qua non for a secure and long-term preventive conservation policy.
Training to measure is essential for all staff, permanent or temporary, to make people aware of the cultural value of the collection, the possible threats and their own impact and responsibility towards specific collections.
Training involves knowledge and understanding of how materials react to threats and how to avoid damage. Knowledge of general guidelines and practices are necessary, but should be complemented by hands-on experience in situ.
Training staff to professional standards builds up self-respect and motivation and provides the institution with the necessary knowledge to guarantee long-term use and survival of its collections.
This is what we do:
We offer staff training made to measure, built around three basic elements: the materials present in your collections, the causes of deterioration and the preventive measures necessary for an adequate preventive conservation.
Theoretical modules can be supplemented with practical sessions in situ, using your own collection as training ground. Examples of practical sessions involve handling and conservation framing.