Writing and using a preservation policy with Jennifer Dinsmore

British library

Ref: L1D12103

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About this course

A preservation policy provides the opportunity for an organisation to develop a framework for thinking about the role of collections management and care, including the resource requirements.

Course Description

A preservation policy is a framework that enables an organisation to embed collections care and collections management within its structures and activities, and to understand the resources necessary to implement these key responsibilities. This training day explains the purpose and benefits of a preservation policy and provides guidance on writing a policy for your organisation. We will review examples of policies from a range of organisations and you will have experience of drafting a policy.

By the end of the day, participants will be able to:
Analyse how best to establish preservation as a key objective of the organisation.
Explain what a preservation policy is and how it links to other strategic and business planning documents.
Identify what needs to be included in a preservation policy and why.
Describe issues that need to be considered when implementing a preservation policy.
Create an action plan for writing or reviewing their own organisation's preservation policy.

The training is appropriate for librarians, archivists, collection managers, conservators and others working in libraries, archive, museums as well as in companies and other collecting organisations. 



Timetable for one day courses held at the British Library in London.

Students should arrive by 9.30am for registration.

Classes are from 9.30 - 4.30pm.

A working lunch in the Foyle Room is included.

Course Materials


Handouts will be included.


Jennifer Dinsmore

Jennifer Dinsmore has worked in conservation for over 40 years and has been involved with practical work in sculpture conservation, in teaching and training and as a consultant in the area of preventive conservation and collection care. In this role she has worked with a wide range of heritage organisations and has participated in the development of survey methodologies and in evaluating conservation provision, strategies and policies in museums, libraries and archives. She was also involved in adapting Benchmarks for Collection Care as an interactive assessment tool.

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