The Archives & Records Association both holds and participates in many events throughout the year. Below you will see our complete programme of regional and themed training events with booking details

How to Safely Handle, Pack, Move and Store Small Objects - online event
Sep 24

How to Safely Handle, Pack, Move and Store Small Objects -...


  • How to Safely Handle, Pack, Move and Store Small Objects

    Half-day Training Workshop (via Microsoft Teams)

    9.30am-12.30pm (GMT), Friday 24th September 2021


    Trainer: Anita Hollinshead

    The Section for Archives and Museums is running a half-day workshop on caring for small and medium sized object collections. The workshop will explore how to minimise the risk of damaging collections and of injuring staff, volunteers and visitors through safe object handling, packing, moving and storage.

    Delegates will, through a combination of slides and practical demonstrations, learn about potential hazards in collections, protective clothing and equipment, condition checking, assessing and mitigating risk and how to choose the most appropriate materials for packing, storage and display purposes. How to safely handle a range of different materials and object types will also be covered.

    By the end of the session, delegates will be able to safely and confidently handle and store the objects in their care, preserving their physical condition and improving their usability for research and exhibition purposes.

    Freelance museum consultant Anita Hollinshead leads this three hour training session, which will include a Q&A surgery session inviting attendees to submit specific questions in advance or during the meeting which relate to the objects in their care.

    The event has been tailored for people involved in collections care at all levels and across different sectors, including archives, museums, conservation and libraries. No prior experience in museum collections management is required, making it ideal for trainees and for more experienced heritage, library and information professionals wanting to diversify their collection care skills. This event would also be an excellent follow-up for people who attended SAM’s popular Museum Collections Management for Archivists training days in 2018/19, the Mixed Collections virtual workshops in April 2021, or the Marking and Labelling Collections workshop in May 2021.

    Delegates will receive links to sources of further information and notes on the topics covered by the presentation, including a summary of the Q&A portion. Short films of the practical demonstrations will be available via the ARA website for all attendees.

    Delegate Fee:

    ARA Members - £7.00

    Non-members - £10.00

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    9.30-10.45 Handling & Moving Collections

    Hazards in collections, PPE, moving equipment, safe handling practices,

    condition checking, risk assessment, documentation

    10.45-10.55 Break – delegates can grab a drink before the short film starts

    10.55-11.05 Film – safe object handling

    11.05-12.00 Packing & Storage

    Techniques, appropriate materials and containers (including a short film),

    sources of further information

    12.00-12-10 Film – packing demonstration

    12.10-12.30 Q&A – delegates will be encouraged to submit their questions in advance

    of the workshop

    *These timings are subject to change.

  • Category
  • Date & Time
    Sep 24 2021 at 09:30 AM - Sep 24 2021 at 12:45 PM
  • Location & full address
    Microsoft Teams
  • Event Admins
    Lorraine Logan