Learning How to ‘Stop the Rot’: AIM Collections Care Workshops

The first in a series of AIM ‘Stop the Rot’ collections care workshops took place last Friday at the Firing Line Museum in Cardiff. AIM is running these workshops at several locations across the UK in the coming weeks thanks to funding from The Pilgrim Trust and there was a real sense of excitement in the air as everyone who had booked onto the Cardiff workshop arrived and took their places in the wonderful meeting room at the museum.

STR table

Goody bags at the ready!

Course Tutor, Jane Thompson–Webb, had endured a crack of dawn start and a long train journey from her home in Birmingham to be there, but her energy and enthusiasm for conservation was evident and she warmly greeted everyone and encouraged them to open up the free delegate packs that contain useful conservation items whilst reassuring the group that: “Collections Care is simply a modern development of a very old concept – housekeeping!”

A series of fun tasks and quizzes followed which all helped to take the fear out of conservation techniques and Jane gave some interesting facts and historical references about collections care from over the centuries. Attendees were also presented with case studies of when things go wrong in a museum – such as fire, flooding and theft – and how carefully thinking through the implications of collections care can help to reduce risk to objects.

Looking at SG

The AIM Success Guide ‘ Successful Collection Care’ proved very popular

After lunch, the attendees spilt into groups to explore Firing Line and exchanged ideas on how different displays could be cared for, followed by a ‘pest identification’ quiz using pest posters kindly donated by English Heritage. An explanation of how to use the different items in the free delegate packs and a run through of the AIM Success Guide ‘Successful Collection Care’  accompanied by tea, lively chat and biscuits completed a lovely day of training.

Pest Poster

Identifying those pesky pests

Jane did a great job of demystifying the basics of collections care and the feedback from the attendees was positively glowing with remarks including: “I really enjoyed the hands on tasks and will use my new skills every day at my museum”, “I now have a much better understanding of collections care – thank you!” and “I am going to use tips I discovered today to make the right changes at my museum”.

‘Stop the Rot’ – Free AIM Collections Care Workshops for AIM Members – Booking Information

Manchester April 9th – All free tickets SOLD OUT

Derby April 13th – All free tickets SOLD OUT

York April 16th – Few spaces left. Book soon to avoid disappointment here:

The Quilt Museum and Gallery (YORK) – Thursday 16th April

St Anthonys Hall, Peasholme Green, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7PW


Perth April 24th – Few spaces left. Book soon to avoid disappointment here:

The Black Watch Castle and Museum (PERTH – SCOTLAND) – Friday 24th April

Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR


*If you would like to be put on the waiting list for any of the above venues in case of cancellations, please email: sassy@aim-museums.co.uk

Goody Bag Cardiff

A peek inside the workshop goody bags!

AIM would like to thank: Jane Thompson – Webb, The Pilgrim Trust, Christopher Dale, Rachel Silverson and team at Firing Line, all Cardiff workshop attendees and the regional MDO teams for their support and promotion of these workshops.

Stop the Rot delegate packs contain items from: English Heritage, Conservation Resources, Conservation by Design, Meaco Measurement and Control and Edward Mason brushes.



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