Introduction to Methods and Materials for Collections Care
Instructor: Christa Deacy-Quinn
Regular Registration: $1,100
This three day beginner-level course is designed for those with little or no prior museum experience and includes both lecture material and practical, hands-on lab work. This course is designed to introduce you to the preservation, documentation, and maintenance of the physical integrity of museum collections. This course begins with agents that deteriorate and how to mitigate their damage to collections. You will be introduced to physical properties of inorganic, organic, composite, and textile materials. The course then turns to the study of collections packing, shipping, and storage methods as well as collections hazards, safety and emergency planning. While intended as a general introduction to those without any museum experience, the course does include hands-on labs and exercises in addition to lecture content.
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Christa Deacy-Quinn holds a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in Anthropology and Museum Studies from SUNY-Oswego. She has been in the museum field for twenty years, and has served as the Collections Manager at the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign since 1991. When the new Spurlock facility was constructed, she designed storage spaces and directed the packing and transport of the collection. She has designed and installed more than a dozen permanent exhibits and over thirty temporary museum exhibits.She has developed and implemented an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system for the Spurlock. She is a strong advocate for low-chemical, low-cost IPM solutions. She has run preservation-focused workshops that address IPM and has consulted with numerous other institutions regarding developing or expanding IPM programs. She designed a number of databases in use at the Spurlock, including databases to track the condition of artifacts and museum pests. She is a Certified Technician for General Use Pesticides in Illinois.She is active in the field of preservation, serving as a Peer Reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program for the American Association of Museums and is a member of the Preservation Working Group at the University of Illinois.