Object and materials conservation

Housekeeping and Dust with Helen Lloyd

Ref: M1D08664


About this course

To dust or not to dust? Seeking a sustainable approach to collections care. This one-day workshop explores the effects of dust on historic collections and libraries which are open and/or closed to visitors. Participants will learn about the sources and distribution of dust particles, methods of monitoring deposition rates, the causes of cementation, and how people's perceptions of dustiness influence resources for housekeeping. There will be opportunities to examine dust samples using simple instruments to identify particles and assess coverage. We will explore how rates of dust deposition inform housekeeping routines, and influence the management of historic collections and libraries for public benefit. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk


Helen Lloyd

Helen Lloyd is both Consultancy Manager for National Specialists in Collections and Interpretation at the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and, as one of those specialists, the Preventive Conservation Adviser - Housekeeping.

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