RE-ORG West – Adventures in Storage Reorganization

One-day conference

March 16, 2018 from 8:30 to 4:00
Parksville Museum, 1245 East Island Highway, Parksville, British Columbia
Who can register:
This event is open to all. There is a limit of 30 registrants.

Register now! See How to register below.

Registration deadline:
February 27, 2018
CAN$150 (includes HST, snacks and beverages). A light lunch will be offered by the British Columbia Museums Association.
© Government of Canada, Canadian Conservation Institute. CCI 129389-0001
Figure 1. Storage before RE-ORG.
© Government of Canada, Canadian Conservation Institute. CCI 129389-0020
Figure 2. Storage after RE-ORG.


Providing adequate storage has become one of the main challenges of running a museum: often, objects are difficult to locate, space is insufficient, objects are inadequately housed, storage units are not adapted to the needs of the collection and policies and procedures are incomplete. All of these issues can make it difficult for museums to access and use their collection to the benefit of their community.

Come learn about the RE-ORG method for storage reorganization and how it could benefit your institution. The RE-ORG method was developed by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and UNESCO and adapted in collaboration with CCI. At this conference, you will learn from the experience of the four museums participating in the 2017–18 edition of RE-ORG: Canada (West) (CCI’s five-year training program on storage reorganization), from one of the developers of the RE-ORG method and from other colleagues in Canada and abroad.


From September 2017 to November 2018, staff from four small museums in the western region are rolling up their sleeves to reorganize their storage rooms to improve access to their collection and its overall conservation conditions. This collective effort is part of CCI’s RE-ORG: Canada program, organized in collaboration with the Museums Assistance Program. So far, RE-ORG: Canada has been held in Quebec, in the Atlantic region and in Ontario.

During the three days before this conference, the RE-ORG: Canada (West) participants will be working together to reorganize a storage room at the Parksville Museum in British Columbia. At the conference, you will hear about this exciting experience and about the challenges the participants will be tackling in their own museums as they embark on a RE-ORG project of their own. Our guest speakers will also share their experience and lessons learned in storage reorganization or upgrade projects.

Learn from the experience of the following institutions

  • Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, Vernon, British Columbia
  • Haida Gwaii Museum, Skidegate, British Columbia
  • Qualicum Beach Museum, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
  • Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Yukon Arts Centre and Yukon Permanent Art Collection, Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, East Coulee, Alberta
  • Yukon Palaeontology Program, Yukon Government, Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Ethnographic Museum, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa, Ontario

Guest speakers from the region and abroad will also be invited.


  • Parksville Museum
  • British Columbia Museums Association
  • ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)

How to register

To register for the conference, send CCI an email at with “RE-ORG West” in the subject line. Include in the body of the email:

  • your full name,
  • your institution (if applicable) and
  • a daytime telephone number.

Registrations must be received by February 27, 2018.

If the maximum number of registrants is met, a waiting list will be created.


Once your registration has been confirmed, you will be contacted by phone to process the payment.

Payment must be provided in Canadian funds by credit card (American Express, MasterCard or VISA).

Canadian federal government employees must provide IS reference codes or a commitment number, department code and cost centre.


Requests to withdraw must be submitted in writing to CCI at Refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • A full refund less a CAN$25 administrative fee for requests received at least 21 days prior to the start of the conference
  • A full refund less a CAN$50 administrative fee for requests received between 20 and 7 days prior to the start of the conference
  • No refund for requests received less than 7 days prior to the start of the conference

Exceptions to this refund policy may be made in the event of insurmountable difficulties in attending the conference.


CCI reserves the right to cancel this conference if the minimum enrolment requirement is not met. In such cases, CCI will refund the full registration fee but will not be responsible for any transportation, housing, loss of income or other costs that may have been incurred by the participants.

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