| Reducing Risks to Collections Course
Dates: 18 June - 6 July 2007
Place: Sibiu, Romania
In collaboration with the CMN (Canadian Museum of Nature) and the National Museum of Belgrade, Diana Department for Preventive Conservation.
The purpose of this course is to focus on the risk management approach to preventive conservation of collections. Risks can be not only due to rare and catastrophic events, such as fire or flood, but also to continual hazards, such as incorrect relative humidity or lighting, and to everything in between. Risk management is an integrated view of all expected damages and losses to collections and provides a reliable tool to establish priorities and design strategies. The course will review the risk concept in general, and its current interpretations and applications in the field of cultural heritage. It will examine the best available research for estimating all types of risks. Participants will practice each stage of this approach in teams, from the risk assessment of a real museum or archive collection, to the development of options for risk mitigation. This course will especially consider the concerns of institutions with limited resources. It will emphasize risk communication and give participants various opportunities to exercise this skill.
The course builds on the successes of the three former ICCROM-CCI courses, using workshops, case studies, seminars, and presentations. Participants will share in a variety of large and small group activities. Significant time will be allocated for independent consultation with the course team members, and for individual research.
The course is designed for collection managers, curators, registrars, conservators, and also directors of small- to medium-sized museums, galleries, libraries and archives, from all regions of the world. The course will also interest educators and professionals who teach collection management and preventive conservation, in either an academic or a vocational environment. Candidates must submit, with their formal application, a 500-word summary of their experience and the way in which the course relates to their current or future projects. A maximum of 22 participants will be selected from among the applicants.
CCI, ICCROM, ICN, CMN and associated professionals.
Working language: English. Course notes in English and French.
Course fee: 900 € (Euro).
Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses
Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to and from Sibiu. In order to cover living costs in Sibiu during the course, participants should plan for a minimum total allowance of 1,200 € (Euro). This sum would include the costs of accommodation in moderately priced hotel rooms (which the course organizers will locate for participants). Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies. ICCROM may be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to selected candidates who have been unable to secure funding.
Please use the ICCROM course application form. Mail to the following address, which should be used for all correspondence relative to the course:
PC 07 - Collections Unit
13, via di San Michele
I-00153 ROME RM, ITALY
Tel (+39) 06 585531 Fax (+39) 06 58553349
E-mail: collections (at) iccrom.org
Application deadline: 29 January 2007