Free Workshops For AIM Members: An Introduction To Collection Care

Why is it necessary to wear gloves to handle objects? Why don’t objects last for ever? How does decay set in? If you have ever wondered why collection care matters or what it involves, then book yourself a place on our new ‘Stop The Rot’ workshops which are free for staff and volunteers from AIM member museums, galleries and heritage sites.

These fun and hands on workshops are led by Jane Thompson Webb, the Conservation Team Leader at Birmingham Museums Trust, and you will gain the skills and confidence you need to spot the main agents of decay and how they can damage objects in your collections. You will also learn a range of practical strategies to help ensure that your collections will be accessible now and in the future.

Funded by The Pilgrim Trust, the workshops include lunch, refreshments, collections care handouts and AIM Success Guides for you to use in your own organisation. If you work or volunteer in a heritage site or museum, these workshops will give you a greater understanding of caring for your collections, why objects deteriorate and what practical steps you can take to limit damage.

Becca STR 15

AIM collections care workshops are always hands on and fun

Participants on previous ‘Stop the Rot’ workshops have said:

 “This has been a practical workshop and will allow me to revisit and reappraise the procedures we are currently using”

“This workshop was enjoyable, informative and very helpful and friendly”

“I really enjoyed the presentation and workshop delivery”

Each workshop runs from 10.30am – 4.30pm and you will also get the chance to handle some interesting objects, take part in a quiz and to walk around the collections at each venue. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to spot the causes of damage in their own collections and introduce monitoring and/or mitigation strategies.

Jane Thompson Webb

Join AIM & Jane Thompson Webb to learn how to Stop the Rot!

Dates and Venues

 19 April 2016

10.30 – 4.30

National Museum Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

 Website: National Museum Scotland

 Directions: Directions to National Museum Scotland

6 May 2016

10.30 – 4.30

This workshop is called ‘What’s Eating Your Collection? An Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM 1)’ and will provide an introduction to insect pests in museums including recognising damage and monitoring

Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Castle Canyke Rd, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1EG

Website: Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

Directions:  Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

Booking early is advisable with a maximum of 20 places available at each workshop. You can book by completing the booking form below and emailing it to:

For further information, please contact:

Download the booking form: STR Booking Form 3

Download the workshop information sheet: AIM Conservation Workshops Information Sheet





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