The Bennington Museum hosted this years annual meeting of the Vermont League of Historical Societies and Museums presented by the Vermont Historical Society. It was a great meeting that centered around the theme of collaborations, something we find to be at the heart of the Collections Care and Conservation Alliance. When a conservator of paper, paintings and objects get together, the greatest amount of information on diverse materials merge to produce a body of knowledge presented at this workshop on Artifact Labeling 101.
We had great participation and we look forward to providing this workshop again in the future. Below is the slide presentation given and a worksheet can be found to the right with the do’s and don’ts of labeling.
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On September 17, 2010 the Collections Care and Conservation Alliance presented a full day workshop at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Collections Care 101. This workshop was hosted by the Adirondack History Center and sponsored through the IMLS Heritage Centers Sustainability Program.
Topics ranged from Collections Management Policies, Accessioning & De-Accessioning, Digital Archiving, Storage and Handling, Labeling of Artifacts, Housekeeping, Pest Management, and an introduction to Art Conservation.
Over 40 participants attended from a full range of collecting institutions and levels of experience. We have included the slideshow presentation presented that day as well as updating the handouts and other documents we feel are important basics to good collections care.
An ounce of preparation…
I am pretty convinced that if you prepare for the worst, it probably won’t happen. And if it does happen, having a plan will simply make your life easier.
So make your disaster response plan!
Two very useful links, with examples of plans and information on wet salvage recovery are:
Another very useful link that can help you to create a very basic outline is:
and of course, there is the good ol’
which is available both in a lite and full version.
There are many many many many more resources on the web, but sometimes it’s just nice to have somewhere to start.
The 2008 Connecting to Collections survey, supported by a grant from IMLS, found that only 13% of respondents had an up to date emergency plan, and that assistance with emergency planning was a priority for 72% of the respondents.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at History Expo!
If you liked Carolyn’s crazy quilt, there are more to be seen this summer at the Shelburne Museum’s exhibit Embellishments: The Art of the Crazy Quilt. You can see pictures of the conservation work on their Flickr page. In the picture is one of the members of the Isle La Motte Historical Society who also stopped by to chat with us today.