2023 Mental Health Tips for Heritage Professionals

2023 Mental Health Tips for Heritage Professionals

Is your job in heritage wearing you down? Are you starting to wonder whether you should be switching fields? Read this interesting take on mental health and happiness for coping mechanisms and exercises for museum professionals.

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Where to study art conservation - The ultimate guide

Where to study art conservation - The ultimate guide

One of the questions I see most often from students interested in conservation is how do I become a conservator? There are several paths to art conservation, but one of the most common and generally accepted for jobs is the higher education degree. Here is a comprehensive list of the master level programs in conservation around the world.

7 min read
How to get a job in art conservation

How to get a job in art conservation

I recently quit my job to move to Canada from Peru. How do I get a job in conservation if I'm a recent immigrant and know nobody there?

10 min read
How to use Excel pivot tables for collections care

How to use Excel pivot tables for collections care

If you are not yet familiar with Excel pivot tables, you are seriously missing out on some amazing capabilities to make your life easier.

10 min read
Council elections - Open positions at the IIC

Council elections - Open positions at the IIC

You may have heard there are IIC council elections coming up. What does this mean for you? Goofy comparisons ahead.

17 min read
The 11th agent of deterioration

The 11th agent of deterioration

We are well aware of the 10 agents of deterioration by now, but let me add an unofficial one.

6 min read
Training Accessibility in Conservation

Training Accessibility in Conservation

Conservation has a number of barriers for entry. Based on our personal experiences and current capabilities, what can we do to improve this? Musings on training accessibility. Read more here.

5 min read
How to care for silk items

How to care for silk items

I have noticed many people own silk items of clothing or bedding and they are looking for information on how to care for it. There are plenty of sites telling you what to do. However, this article is written by a conservator! Read more here if you want a non-commercial viewpoint.

16 min read
Ask a Conservator - No Zoom required

Ask a Conservator - No Zoom required

I joined Reddit to see if I can be a spokesperson for conservation there. I found a lot of frustration (not mine) and interest (possibly the wrong kind) in conservation. Reflections on the conservation response and what I can do to improve.

11 min read
Online Education for Heritage Conservation

Online Education for Heritage Conservation

I recently became the co-founder of Altminster. What is that? Well, have you ever felt you'd like to learn the humanities at a higher level but can't find how or where? This why Altminster was born. Read more here.

7 min read
Cinderella Fanfiction Conservation style

Cinderella Fanfiction Conservation style

I couldn't help myself. What if a fictional conservator visited different characters and stories and interacted by giving preventive conservation advice? Well... find out what Cinderella's stepmother would get in a letter from a conservator.

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Understanding psychrometric charts and dew points

Understanding psychrometric charts and dew points

The psychrometric chart is a really intimidating looking graph. You understand temperature and relative humidity, but you're just not sure what you're supposed to do with that dew point. What does that tell you? Find out here and get an extra explanation of psychrometric charts too!

9 min read
Caring for Books: Using Plastic Sleeves for Home Collections

Caring for Books: Using Plastic Sleeves for Home Collections

Dust and dirt can be a real bother on bookshelves. They can lead to spotting and foxing. Here are some instructions with photos and a video so that you can protect your favourite books with a stable plastic sleeve.

7 min read
Checking traps with phone microscope adapter

Checking traps with phone microscope adapter

You want to check your insect traps, but you don't have a nice microscope. Guess what you can do with a phone these days!

4 min read
Excel for Environmental Monitoring: Modeling Humidity

Excel for Environmental Monitoring: Modeling Humidity

You'd like to know how your spaces behave, but you have no dataloggers or special software or budget. Read this article and find out how to make your own Excel model of the humidity in your spaces.

4 min read
Understanding sensor calibration

Understanding sensor calibration

You send off your environmental monitoring sensors to be calibrated, then you get them back and store away the certificates. Did you know might be doing this completely wrong? Find out what you're supposed to do with those reports!

6 min read
How to make sticky traps

How to make sticky traps

You want to run your own Integrated Pest Management Programme, but you're short on cash for sticky traps. Make your own!

4 min read
A compilation of important heritage conservation charters

A compilation of important heritage conservation charters

A compilation of the various charters, documents and international agreements on conservation of cultural heritage.

10 min read
Make an archival box at home

Make an archival box at home

It is an excellent skill to have to be able to make your own bespoke boxes. Here are some instructions with photos so that you can always have your objects stored in the best possible manner.

2 min read
An Egyptian Faience Lotus

An Egyptian Faience Lotus

A short study on an Egyptian faience object.

12 min read
Restoration vs. Minimum intervention

Restoration vs. Minimum intervention

Beyond the actual intervention and the look of the object, how do minimum intervention and restoration affect material culture?

6 min read
Why conservation needs to go public

Why conservation needs to go public

Do you remember the Cheers song? "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name..." If your name was "Conservator" there'd be very few places you could go and "everybody" would not be a lot of people. Read on if you want to know what happens when your job title explains nothing.

5 min read
The Home Collection Game - How to take care of collections

The Home Collection Game - How to take care of collections

If you are interested in learning more about conservation but have absolutely no background or even know where to start, this course is for you!

2 min read
What is conservation?

What is conservation?

Short essay exploring the ways in which conservation can be defined.

7 min read
Thoughts on objects from dubious provenance

Thoughts on objects from dubious provenance

What do you do when you just don't know where an object came from? Is it legitimately owned by the person or institution who currently has it? Should such objects be conserved? This brief article presents some thoughts on the debate regarding the conservation of stolen material culture.

4 min read
Field Conservation: Account of an Archaeological Dig Volunteer

Field Conservation: Account of an Archaeological Dig Volunteer

I have been very fortunate to be able to work as a conservator in the field in Israel. Would you also like to come?

3 min read
Basic preventive conservation - 3 things to start you off

Basic preventive conservation - 3 things to start you off

It's a fact. We're not all conservators. We can't all sit down and fix objects just like that. So what can we do? Let's start with basic preventive conservation concepts.

7 min read
Integrated Pest Management - Fumigations and pesticides

Integrated Pest Management - Fumigations and pesticides

Why is it important to talk about insects and old fumigations in collections? It all comes down to Health and Safety.

4 min read
Marble Statuary Conservation: Technical and Ethical Issues

Marble Statuary Conservation: Technical and Ethical Issues

Short essay exploring the conservation issues with outdoor marble sculptures and objects.

19 min read
True Nature vs. the reversibility principle

True Nature vs. the reversibility principle

A short essay on the debate between the true nature of objects and the conservation principle of reversibility.

7 min read
Technical and ethical issues with doll conservation

Technical and ethical issues with doll conservation

Doll conservation is one of the most interesting topics I have ever researched. Dolls are not just any object. They were once children's toys. These direct emotional relations make them fascinating objects.

15 min read

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