Apply Now for the Weapons Conservation School! Deadline 4 October 2013
Heritage Without Borders (HWB) in partnership with Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) will be offering a weapons conservation training course in Tirana, Albania, funded by the Headley Trust.
4-9 November 2013
HWB will run a week long training course for museum professionals from across Albania and other countries in the western Balkans. The focus of the course will be Weapons conservation and it will be hosted by the National Historical Museum of Albania. The working language will be English.
The course will be taught through lectures, practical training using local collections and group discussions. Participants will learn how to tackle risks posed by historical weapons collections and have an opportunity to share their own experiences with the group.
Participants will learn about preventive and basic remedial conservation. Sessions will include: Introduction to firearms, munitions, ammunition, artillery, nuclear, swords, blades; Monitoring the environment; Designing an armoury; Hazardous collections; Basic cleaning and protection. In addition to conservation, the use and interpretation of weapons collections will also be a focus of the sessions.
By the end of the course, participants will have an increased understanding of issues affecting historic weapons collections. Participants will have greater confidence in evaluating risk factors and carrying out basic condition assessments and will know how to prioritise and plan treatments.
Who is this course for?
This course is for museum professionals, curatorial staff and conservators in the heritage field who need to look after historic weapons collections.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Awareness of preventive and remedial conservation with respect to weapons conservation in modern museums
- Ability to safely assess weapon object needs and produce a condition report
- Ability to handle, package and transport objects with confidence
- Ability to plan storage for collections
- Awareness of environmental needs for weapons and ability to think critically about various methods of environmental controls
Please download the application form below to attend the school. For more information, contact Dominica D’Arcangelo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nedi Petri at email@example.com.
Heritage Without Borders (HWB) in partnership with Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) organised a conservation training course in Tirana, Albania, funded by the Headley Trust.
- Train museum staff from across the South Balkans in basic conservation skills
- Improve storage conditions in host museum
- Assess future conservation training needs in South Balkans
- Build heritage networks and professional contacts across the South Balkans
- Provide ongoing support for museum staff wanting to drive improvements in collections care in their own museums
The proposed aims were achieved through the implementation of a specially designed and organized school and through discussion with heritage professionals from the Balkans. The project was delivered in partnership with Cultural Heritage Without Borders in Tirana and facilitated by The National History Museum of Albania, The Institute of Albanology, The Institute for Cultural Monuments and The State Archives, all of which are in Tirana. The school was designed to provide basic preventive conservation to 20 + heritage professionals through organized lectures, discussions, group activities and tours within a 1 week time span, across 4 different sites in Tirana. The organization of the school was very successful and lectures, discussions, practical activities and tours were noted by participants as strengths of the course.
25-27 heritage professionals and students from Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo attended the Conservation Summer School. As the level of prior conservation knowledge among the participants varied, the school achieved an effective exchange of knowledge and expertise through discussion, group activities and participant presentations. The school delivered effective training in Preventive Conservation with a focus on agents of decay that included Light, Relative Humidity, Pollution, Pests, Handling, and Storage. Participants also learned how to identify material deterioration, to write professional condition reports and carry out condition surveys of the large collections with the use of a Conservation Condition Survey Tool, which was supplied to each participant.
The participants remain in ongoing communication with their peers and trainers through social networks, and they share their findings through online collaboration tools.