Introduction to Revisiting Collections

When: Fri, June 2, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: Durham Castle, Durham DH1 3RW, UK (map)

We are working with Collections Trust to provide a series of workshops supporting collections management in North East museums.

This session will introduce the Revisiting Collections toolkits, which offer a framework for engaging community based focus groups or individuals directly with material from the collections and to reveal and record multiple layers of meaning and significance. This might be new factual information or a new understanding about the cultural importance of an object.

Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.

The session will involve several practical exercises and attendees will need to bring along the following:

- An object: this can be an object you find inspiring, that provokes emotion or an object that you just find generally interesting. It may be something from your museum’s handling collection or even an object from home.

This session is suitable for museum staff and volunteers and can be booked by emailing

Secret World of Schools: Working in Partnership with Schools

When: Tue, June 20, 9:30am – 4:00pm

Where: Wallsend Library, 16 The Forum, Wallsend NE28 8JR, UK (map)

Book now for our next Secret World of Schools event. The session will explore ways schools work in partnership with organisations in the culture sector. Find out what schools need from their partners and what they can offer and how partnership working might take place in your organisation?

Book your place here.

Secret World of Schools is delivered in partnership with Culture Bridge North East.

VON Meeting

When: Tue, July 4, 10am – 2pm

Where: Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4JA, UK (map)

The Volunteer Organisations’ Network (VON) is a forum for volunteer-run museums that meets three times a year. The Network provides the opportunity for volunteer-run museums to exchange knowledge, receive training and keep up to date with sector developments.

CAN: Asbestos Awareness and Management for Museum Objects

When: Fri, July 14, 9:30am – 2:00pm

Where: Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG, UK (map)

Asbestos Awareness and Management for Museum Objects is a health and safety training course designed for people who work with object/artefact collections. The training is open to staff and volunteers from Accredited museums in the North East, or those actively working towards Accreditation.

The training will be delivered by Larry Carr who has over a decade of experience in the museums sector, including many years of delivering high-quality health and safety training to museum professionals and volunteers.

This training will include:

  • Discussion around the properties of asbestos fibres and their effects on health; the negative compounding consequences of asbestos exposure; the major types of asbestos found in both the built environment and in object collections; general procedures to deal with an asbestos emergency, such as damage to asbestos materials in objects; methods to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.
  • Visual examples of both raw asbestos and asbestos containing materials which have been identified in object collections.
  • An interactive explanation of the well-established methodology for identifying potential asbestos hazards in object collections, as has been adopted by many national museums.
  • Case studies explaining Asbestos remediation options for specific objects.
  • Details of contacts for specialist asbestos advice such as surveying, risk management, remediation and disposal and information relating to grants and funding schemes to assist with asbestos hazard management.
  • A short written test, covering some of the key information delivered by the training. An original hard-copy certificate is provided to all attendees who pass this course.
  • An opportunity for questions.

  • Booking

    For effective delivery, this course has a cap on the number of attendees. Spaces will therefore be limited to one attendee per museum initially. If any additional staff members wish to attend please let us know and we will contact you nearer the time if spaces are available.

    To book your place on this training please email Anna McNab by 30 June 2017, including the following information:

  • your name
  • your museum’s name
  • your contact details (phone and email)
  • Any special requirements that we need to accommodate for the written test
  • Any special dietary requirements
  • A course outline can be downloaded here.