Museum objects can be made from components which may be toxic or have the potential to become toxic over time. This includes poisonous metals, radiation and asbestos. It is important that people working with museum collections are aware of the hazards that can be associated with different types of materials to allow them to manage this risk appropriately.
National Museums Scotland is a multi-disciplinary museum and has policies and practice in place for curation and collections management that control and manage exposure to hazardous materials for National Museum staff across a breadth of collection types. This workshop will share our practice in this area in order to introduce participants to the types of hazards that can be found in different collections and suggest solutions to managing this risk day-to-day.
The day will concentrate on offering practical advice, sharing good practice through case studies, and providing information on sources, organisations and networks for further advice. It should be noted that this is not formal training in handling or disposing of hazardous materials, which should only be undertaken after formal advice from an accredited Health and Safety professional.
Please visit www.nms.ac.uk/training for full course details
Who is this programme for?
Participants can be from any type of collecting organisation, however the course is aimed primarily at museum and gallery professionals in Scotland. Our aim is to support the development of curatorial confidence across Scotland and ensure good dialogue between the National Museums and the wider sector.
These events are provided free of charge. Participants will be required to meet their own travel and subsistence costs.
Places on these courses are limited. Filling in this form will register your interest in the course and we will be in touch at a later date to confirm your place.
When & Where
National Museums Scotland
National Museums Scotland’s National and International Partnerships Department supports museums throughout Scotland and internationally through loans, touring exhibitions, advice, an extensive Knowledge Exchange Programme, and the administration of the National Fund for Acquisitions.
To find out more about our partnership activity visit our webpage: http://www.nms.ac.uk/making_connections.aspx