Crash Course – Concepts in Preventive Conservation
Nicole Grabow, MACC Senior Objects and Preventive Conservator
August 30, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Des Moines Art Center 4700 Grand Avenue – Des Moines, IA
In this one-day workshop, participants will explore the concepts behind Preventive Conservation and how small and mid-sized museums can actively build a preventive conservation program for their collections. What is Preventive Conservation? What is the difference between “archival” and “acid free”? We will start by defining essential terms and will broadly cover a variety of topics in the overall care of a mixed media collection. Topics covered will include: defining collection parameters and related policies; environment, light, and agents of deterioration; basic concepts in artifact handling, maintenance, storage, and display; classes of materials and their highest vulnerabilities; Integrated Pest Management and mold prevention; volunteer management; and a discussion of preservation versus access. You don’t need to be a conservator to implement Preventative Conservation practices that will protect and sustain your collection for generations to come. The session will integrate lecture, discussion, and demos in basic handling and cleaning.