Collections Care

  • 24 Jun 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • L.C. Bates Museums, Hinckley
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Collections Care Workshop

Monday, June 24, 2013, 9am to 3pm

at the L.C.Bates Museum in Hinckley




Ron Harvey, Tuckerbook Conservation LLC

Paula Work, Registrar and Curator of Zoology, Maine State Museum

Sheri Leahan, Collections Consultant and Acting Director of the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center


Location: L. C. Bates Museum

PO Box 159, 14 Easler Road

Hinckley, Maine 04944


Session 1:  9:30 AM – Caring For Your Collections on Exhibition

Don’t let museum collections be damaged while on exhibition. Learn ideas for providing them with better care. At the end of the session, the conservator, Ron Harvey will be available to answer questions you have about specific exhibition issues. Please bring photographs of problems for discussion. Topics covered include:

  • Issues of light, humidity, temperature, and dust
  • Simple and inexpensive ways to exhibit objects safely
  • Ways to separate acidic objects from other collections
  • How to keep objects on exhibition in an historic room setting safe
  • What should volunteers and staff know to help secure exhibited objects


Session 2: 1:00 PM - Continuing Crucial Conversations about Collections: A Roadmap to Exploring what you have, Discovering who you are, and Learning what you can do with it.

Participate in the unveiling of a collections Values Portfolio Workbook – a “how-to” manual for new ways of thinking about collections. Your collections matter, the challenge is helping the public understand why. By having a crucial conversation guided by the new Values Portfolio Workbook, the better equipped you will be to care for your collections, attract supporters, and garner resources. Come and learn how easy it can be to effectively evaluate collections and their many societal values in order to connect with support communities. Hear up-to-date practices on planning for and assessing your collection and hear case studies on how this new workbook has already benefited some local collecting institutions. This project is the result of a Connecting to Collections statewide planning initiative funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.



The workshop is FREE, but registration is needed.


Morning refreshments and drinks will be provided.

Please plan to bring a sack lunch.


If you have any questions about the workshop, please call the L.C.Bates Museum at 207-238-4250 or email at


This workshop is supported by

the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Hosted by L.C. Bates Museum, the Maine State Museum and the Association of Maine Archives & Museums Maine Cultural Institutions Outreach Project (MCIOP)


Door prizes will be provided by University Products.

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