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Preventive conservation

Dates: 2-5 JULY 2012
Course code: PC1206
Non-residential fee: £381

Participants may be practising conservators and collections managers who wish to develop the range of their skills. This course will equip participants with an understanding of the ‘agents of deterioration’ which affect the integrity of materials in collections, how to assess and prioritise those risks and develop methods of mitigation which are appropriate to the context of each collection and its resources.

Topics will include the monitoring and control of the environment (relative humidity and temperature), light and lighting, gaseous and particulate pollutants (including dust and dirt), biological agents (mould and pests), and mechanical damage, resulting from handling, abrasion, routine cleaning and visitor access. The course will include ‘hands-on’ practical sessions using current technology, and opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences.

Course leaders: Linda Bullock, conservator and Helen Lloyd, Deputy Head Conservator and Preventive Conservation Adviser (Housekeeping), National Trust

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