Storage Solutions (Level 2)

This course is a comprehensive introduction to museum storage solutions, from facility design to safe and effective object support construction. Participants will gain an understanding of the needs of different object material types and methods of mitigating agents of deterioration in storage. The course addresses storage principles, storage furniture, archival materials, and mount-making guidelines.

Participants will gain extensive hands-on experience constructing at least six different types of storage enclosures, containers, and mounts. Participants will leave with these samples, which will serve as an important reference collection for future mount making. Participants will also construct sample boards of a diverse array of archival quality materials and gain a deeper understanding of what archival products are best suited to different materials and for the construction of different enclosures and mounts.

And finally, given the cost of high-quality archival materials and storage solutions, participants will also leave with an understanding of how to better maximize their resources to make more effective, safe, and efficient storage spaces and mounts.

At the request of previous participants, this class has been expanded to four days!

Course Dates

June 17-20, 2024 (CONFIRMED TO RUN AND FULL)

Course Fee


Early Registration



Christa Deacy-Quinn

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.

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