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Sunday, May 15 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
(Luncheon) - Strategic Management of Collection Storage to Serve an Institution & Society [Collection Care] FILLING UP

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Strategic Management of Collection Storage to serve an Institution and SocietyModerators:  Lisa Elkin, American Museum of Natural History and Christopher Norris, Peabody Museum, Yale University
Collections are not simply to have and to hold. The point of keeping collections is to enable an institution to fulfill its mission and, more broadly, to serve the continuance and betterment of society as a whole. Speakers will provide varying perspectives:

Democratizing the Museum/Respectful and Responsible Stewardship (speakers:  Sanchita Balachandran, Johns Hopkins University and Kelly McHugh, National Museum of the American Indian)
The speaker(s) will discuss the practical work of democratizing collections care.  All collections demand a deep and sustained engagement with non-museum stakeholders who have claims to both the tangible and intangible aspects of museum objects.  The ultimate aim of preservation is to restore the social and cultural relevance of collections, thus transforming and revitalizing not only collections, but also collecting institutions, stakeholders, and staff.

Partnerships in Collection Care (speaker:  Christopher Norris, Peabody Museum, Yale University)
The speaker will discuss the importance of collection care professionals working closely with allied professionals to preserve collections more effectively and make them ever more broadly accessible. These allied professionals include both staff within the institution and consultants bringing special skills and knowledge. Dynamically forming teams with members ranging from maintenance staff to directors of foundations will greatly enhance the power of collection care professionals to benefit their institution and society as a whole.

Risk Management and Preventive Conservation (speaker:  Robert Waller, Protect Heritage Corp.
The speaker will describe preventive conservation as a system and as a sub-system within larger institutional and societal systems further supporting concepts covered in the previous talks. A risk assessment and management approach will be introduced. That approach provides a rational framework for ensuring that resources for preventive conservation are as effective deployed as possible for retaining values of the collection to the institution and to society.  That is accomplished by ensuring that, even from multiple perspectives of hazards, collection units, locations, values, and so on, there are no egregious risks affecting collections.

These presentations are born from content developed for the upcoming book, Preventive Conservation:  Collection Storage, an AIC, SPNHC, SI and GWU partnership publication (expected publication date, winter 2017).  All talks will use examples from subsequent chapters in the book to illustrate points.

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Sanchita Balachandran

Curator/Conservator, Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
Sanchita Balachandran is Curator/Conservator at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, and Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where she teaches courses related to the identification and analysis of the ancient manufacturing techniques on objects, as well as the history, ethics and practice of art conservation. Recent courses have included experimental archaeology projects... Read More →
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Lisa Kronthal Elkin

Chief Registrar and Director of Conservation, American Museum of Natural History
Lisa Kronthal Elkin is the Chief Registrar and Director of Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Lisa received her MA in art conservation from the State University College at Buffalo and since 1994 has been working as a conservator at the AMNH; first as assistant and associate conservator in the Anthropology Department and then, since 2001 as Director of Conservation for the natural science collections. Over the... Read More →

Kelly McHugh

Objects Conservator, National National Museum of the American Indian
Kelly McHugh is an objects conservator at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). She began working for the museum in 1996 in New York, based at the museum's former storage facility in the Bronx. There she participated in a survey of the over 800,000 objects in NMAI's collection, prior to the collections move to the Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Maryland. Much of her career has been focused on ways to carry out a collaborative... Read More →
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Christopher Norris

Senior Collection Manager, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Chris Norris is Senior Collections Manager for Vertebrate Paleontology at the Yale Peabody Museum. He received his doctorate in Zoology from the University of Oxford in 1992 and has worked in natural history collections for more than 20 years at Oxford, the American Museum of Natural History, and Yale. He is a former president of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, a founder member of the Integrated Pest Management... Read More →
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Robert Waller

President, Protect Heritage Corp.
Specializing in cultural property risk assessment and management. Strong background in natural sciences, preventive conservation, material science and conservation science. Accredited by Canadian Association of Professional Conservators.

Sunday May 15, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 511 C/F

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