Introduction to Preventative Conservation

Date: April 27-28, 2024
Time: 9 AM – 4 PM
Location: Parish Office Annex, Basilica Block, 200 Military Rd, St. John’s, NL. 2nd floor conference room. Entry is at the Parish Office door, in the laneway on the left (west/The Rooms) side of the Basilica, between the Basilica and the Pastoral Centre.
Instructor: Miki Lee, accredited conservator specializing in preventative conservation, member of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators, and Conservator at The Rooms, Archives and Collections Department.

This 2-day course provides participants with a basic introduction to preventive conservation for museum collections. Participants will explore the nature of preventive conservation and the role of conservation in relation to other museum functions. Participants will be instructed on practical steps to preserve and minimize the physical deterioration of the museum’s collection. Related topics include: preventive conservation, conservation policy, handling and housekeeping, condition reporting, causes and prevention of deterioration, environmental controls, disaster planning and risk assessment, health and safety, security, storage, exhibitions and treatments.

This is one of the core courses for MANL’s Museum Studies Certificate Program, but you do not have to be completing a certificate to take the course.

Tea and coffee will be provided. Lunch will not be provided. Participants may bring a lunch or leave at lunchtime.

Registration fees: $155 for non-members, plus an Eventbrite fee, for a total of $166.41. $130 for MANL members (individual or institutional), plus an Eventbrite fee. Members: Use or select promo code MANL424 when registering on Eventbrite to receive the member discount price.

Register and pay online on MANL’s Eventbrite page. MANL members who cannot use Eventbrite or would like to pay by cash or cheque should email

Cancellations received less than 5 days in advance of the event are not eligible for refunds. Participants who do not attend remain responsible for full payment. In the event of bad weather, etc., the course will be rescheduled and refunds will be offered.

Travel funding: You might apply to the Canadian Museum Association (CMA) for a bursary by 4 weeks in advance of the event. Note the email address on that CMA page for inquiries:

Other questions: Email:

Acknowledgements: MANL is happy to partner with The Rooms to offer this course. Thank you to the Basilica Heritage Foundation for course space. And MANL is grateful for the support of CEDP, Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation that makes our professional development work possible.