This course is ideal continuing professional development for conservators and collections care managers who want to understand more about the impact of dust on the care of furnishings and collections in historic buildings and libraries. Starting with an explanation of housekeeping and collections care (key elements of preventive conservation), you are introduced to the sources and distribution of dust, the environmental processes which cause dust to stick to surfaces, and how staff and visitors respond to ‘dustiness’. After exploring methods of monitoring rates of deposition, there will be an opportunity to examine samples of dust using a range of optical equipment. You will also learn and discuss methods of preventing and managing dust in historic interiors and libraries. The final presentation illustrates how research outcomes influence the planning of housekeeping and managing collections care. The day concludes with a practical group exercise, followed by feedback and discussion.
By the end of the course you will have learned:
- Where dust comes from and how it spreads in historic interiors and libraries;
- What causes dust to stick to surfaces, and how to prevent cementation;
- Methods to monitor deposition rates, examine samples and identify particles;
- How human perceptions of dustiness influence resources for collections care
- Methods of managing dust levels in historic collections and libraries
- How to plan and manage resources to achieve sustainable housekeeping and collections care
The course will summarise key outcomes, providing a basis for you to continue to develop your knowledge, understanding and practice. Practical applications of the day's learnings are outlined in the National Trust Manual of Housekeeping (2006/2011).
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Helen Lloyd is a freelance consultant and adviser on Preventive Conservation, and a member of the Trusted Conservators network. Until December 2020, she was both National Specialists Manager (Collections & Interiors) and Preventive Conservation Adviser (Housekeeping) at the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.