Evening- Course outline and lecture: The evolution and development of standards – the plus minus debate
Introductions and icebreaker. Goals and Challenges. Agents of deterioration. Core concepts in environmental control and monitoring. Equipment available for monitoring
Calibration and accuracy of data. Where to monitor? Your goals for environmental improvement
Evening- Access and use, significance and value – what we choose to bring forward.
How does humidity and temperature damage collections? Measuring humidity. Humidity and temperature targets. Monitoring temperature and humidity
Interpreting RH and temperature graphs. Psychrometric charts. Control and management strategies for temperature and humidity. Your organisation’s corporate priorities.
Evening- Engaging stakeholders in environmental management decisions.
Light - How does it damage collections? Light targets from maximum to dosage. Taking light readings.
Strategies to manage and control light. Strategies for collections management. What makes a good report? Evaluation, action plan and close
15.30- Course ends.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Delegates are asked to bring data outputs from environmental monitoring in their own organisations for discussion on the course. All delegates should bring the mission statement of an organisation that they work with. Course participants who wish to prepare for the course are encouraged to read the agents of deterioration website and the British Library pamphlet on managing the library and archive environment.
Jane Henderson, BSc, MSc, PACR, FIIC, Professor in Conservation at Cardiff University
Jane Henderson serves on the editorial panel of the Journal of the Institute for Conservation, is a co-opted member on the trustee board of the Welsh Federation of Museum and Art Galleries and is a visiting Researcher of the Scientific Conservation Institute in Beijing. Jane was delighted and honoured to win the Plowden medal in 2021.