Managing collection environments while providing long-term access to cultural materials requires a complex set of technical, analytical, and social skills. The preservation of collections has evolved into a discipline that has acknowledged the complexities and uncertainties that are present at all stages of environmental management. Recent and on-going debate about appropriate climates has eroded the certainty of prescriptive approaches to reveal that no single field of study holds the solution and no one solution can be applied universally.
The GCI’s Managing Collection Environments initiative is offering an innovative course for mid- to senior-career professionals involved in conservation, collection or facility management in cultural institutions. It brings together different disciplines, emerging knowledge, and the skills required to communicate and build consensus on the most appropriate approaches for climate control.