Understanding the principles of storage is extremely important given objects to spend the majority of their museum life in storage. Good storage provides multi-layered protection from the agents of deterioration. This three-day course will teach the fundamentals of storage facilities design and layout and will focus on designing and constructing storage mounts, boxes, and enclosures. Participants will gain extensive hands-on experience constructing a variety of storage mounts for Logan Museum study collection objects. Multiple mount making techniques will be demonstrated and practiced. Participants will also be exposed to diverse archival materials and will make sample boards for future reference. Participants are encouraged to bring images of their storage problems and/or solutions to share with the class.
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.