Given the situation surrounding COVID-19, in-person workshops have been cancelled for 2021–2022. However, online learning activities are being offered.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.
The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) work with heritage professionals and institutions to help build their capacity for conserving and preserving objects and collections. CCI-CHIN offers the following in-person workshops, which cover a variety of collections care and conservation subjects and appeal to a broad range of individuals. The specific workshops offered in any given year may vary based on staff expertise and availability.
- Digital Preservation
- Display Cases
- Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Cultural Institutions
- Environmental Guidelines
- Exhibition Lighting
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Cultural Property
- Products Used for Display, Storage and Transportation
Care of Collections
- Archaeological Conservation Field Techniques
- Archival Materials
- Care and Handling of Photographic Materials
- Care of Books
- Care of Metals in Collections
- Care of Objects in Indigenous Cultural Centres
- Care of Textiles
- Construction of Mannequins for Historic Costumes
- Works of Art on Paper
Host an in-person workshop
We work with partners in Canada to deliver 16 in-person workshops across the country each year, from April 1 through March 31. These workshops are designed to be as interactive as possible and are generally two days in length. Some workshops may be customized for a one-day or three-day format, depending on areas of interest and need, as well as our availability.
Due to the hands-on nature of these workshops, the number of participants must be limited to ensure that all participants enjoy the best possible learning experience.
How to apply to host an in-person workshop
Institutions must complete the Apply to host a training or learning activity form. Applications are due by October 15 each year, and selections will be made by December 15.
The cost to host an in-person workshop is CAN$750.
The following criteria are used to select hosts:
- Your reason/rationale for hosting the workshop
- The scope of the audience reached
- Our need to balance workshop offerings among different types of institutions
Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a broad benefit to the heritage community rather than to a single institution.
The primary client groups for these workshops are provincial museum associations, provincial archival associations and Indigenous organizations, as the aim of in-person workshops is to provide training in the different regions across Canada. However, on occasion, museums or other heritage institutions may also host these workshops if their involvement allows CCI-CHIN to more effectively reach the museum professionals of a particular region.
Responsibilities when hosting an in-person workshop
In addition to hosting the in-person workshop, responsibilities also include ensuring the following requirements.
Selecting a suitable workshop location
Hosts must ensure that appropriate facilities are selected for in-person workshops as some may have unique requirements. Most workshop participants benefit from discussions within the context of a collection. Where possible, hosts are therefore requested to ensure that participants have access to storage and display areas.
Promoting the workshop
CCI-CHIN promotes all workshops through their websites and may promote them through eNews and social media, as needed. Hosts must also promote their workshops to appropriate target audiences.
Managing participant registrations
Hosts are responsible for determining registration fees and for processing all participant registrations. Due to the hands-on nature of these workshops, enrolment must be limited to ensure that all participants enjoy the best possible learning experience.
Please note that CCI-CHIN reserves the right to cancel a workshop, if the minimum enrolment requirement is not met, within the following timeframes:
- at least three weeks prior to the event for Regions 3 and 4;
- at least four weeks prior to the event for all other regions and Indigenous communities and organizations.
Providing training materials
CCI-CHIN provides workshop manuals and related materials in digital format to hosts prior to events. These can be printed by the host or forwarded electronically to participants.
Register for an in-person workshop
In-person workshops are delivered by CCI-CHIN in cooperation with partner institutions that host each event and handle registrations and enquiries. Enrolment is restricted to Canadians but not limited to the membership of host institutions. To register, please contact the host identified on the Training and learning activity calendar next to each workshop. Please note that registration fees are determined by hosts.
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