This course is a comprehensive introduction to museum storage solutions, from facility design to safe and effective artifact support construction. Participants will gain an understanding of the needs of different artifact material types and methods of mitigating agents of deterioration. The course will address storage principles, storage furniture, archival materials, and mount making principles and participants will gain hands-on experience constructing at least six different types of storage containers and mounts. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to better maximize their resources to make more effective, safe, and efficient storage spaces and mounts.
About the Instructor
Christa Deacy-Quinn is the Collections Manager at the University of Illinois Spurlock Museum overseeing collections care and preservation, artifact storage, packaging, transport, as well as exhibit design and installation. She is a strong advocate for low-chemical, low-cost Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems. Christa holds a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, is a Certified Technician for General Use Pesticides in Illinois, a Certified Mold Remediation Worker, and her IPM program at the Spurlock has earned Green Shield Certification. She teaches museum collection preservation at the University of Illinois, serves as a faculty associate of Ontario’s Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, and as a peer reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program for the American Alliance of Museums.