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Environmental Monitoring and Control

2nd March at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A view across a desk on which lies a mobile phone, books, cup of coffee and someone in a white t shirt and blue shirt is writing in a notepad.

This free training session will consider the principles of the museum environment, how it can be monitored and controlled. The importance of monitoring at regular intervals throughout the day and night will be demonstrated.

Knowing how difficult it is for most museums to provide an ideal environment, the session will concentrate on practical ways the museum can improve the environment and the priorities it should aim for. The session will also consider the care of equipment for monitoring and controlling the environment.


Who should attend?

This session is suitable for volunteers or staff working with a museum collection in Cornwall who want to know what kind of environment is best for the collection, what their priorities should be and what they can practically hope to attain. No previous knowledge or experience of environmental monitoring or control is needed.


Attendees will learn:

  • What is included in the museum environment – temperature, relative humidity, ventilation, light and UV radiation, dust
  • The different environmental needs of different parts of their collection
  • The importance of monitoring the environment in their museum
  • How to interpret the results from monitoring equipment and use it to plan improvements
  • Useful equipment for monitoring and controlling the environment
  • Care and calibration of environmental equipment


Session Leader:

Helena Jaeschke is an accredited conservator with a degree in archaeological conservation and more than 40 years’ experience working with museums and collections in the UK and overseas. She is the Conservation Development Officer for South West Museum Development, supporting the museums across the region in all aspects of collection care and conservation.



2:00 pm Welcome and expectations for the session
2:05 What is the ideal museum environment?
2:25 Monitoring the environment?
2:45 Practical on interpreting environmental results
3:00 Comfort Break – 10 minutes
3:10 Improving the environment
3:35 Looking after environmental equipment
3:50 Questions and Discussion
4:00 Finish
Powerpoint handout and information will be sent out after the session


Places are limited to 2 attendees per organisation. Please email stephanie@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk to join the waitlist if the session is fully booked.

Zoom joining instructions will be sent out the week before the session.



2nd March
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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