RE-ORG: Canada

RE-ORG: Canada is a storage reorganization training initiative organized by the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) in collaboration with the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) that will help museums address their storage issues and inspire the next generation of leaders in storage reorganization.

Museum storage is a key challenge for institutions in Canada and around the world. When museum storage is severely disorganized, collections are no longer accessible and their potential benefit to the public is limited.

RE-ORG: Canada is based on the RE-ORG methodology (developed by ICCROM and UNESCO) for reorganizing severely disorganized storage in small to medium-sized museums with limited resources or access to outside expertise. Since , CCI has been using the RE-ORG methodology in its regional workshops on storage reorganization.

Description

Over a one-year period, up to six museums (two participants per museum) will work on identifying the key issues affecting the accessibility and conservation of their collections. They will develop options, structure their reorganization project and implement it, potentially through funding received from MAP. The selected museums will receive ongoing technical guidance from CCI and from fellow participants during the course through a combination of in-person and online learning. As part of the course, participating institutions will also engage in various communication and knowledge-sharing activities.

These images demonstrate the effectiveness of applying the RE-ORG methodology – from a disorganized storage area to an organized one.

Figure 1: Disorganized storage area with items in damaged boxes.
Figure 2: Organized storage area with items well displayed.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Implement a storage reorganization project from start to finish
  • Advise other museums on how to plan a storage reorganization project
  • Organize an outreach activity in the local or regional heritage community to showcase the benefits of well-organized museum storage areas
  • Organize a dissemination activity for other professionals in their local networks

Target Participants

Participants for RE-ORG: Canada should be permanent staff from small to medium-sized museums eligible under MAP, in particular, directors, conservators, collections managers, curators, registrars and archivists with an interest and capacity to take on an advisory role to transfer their knowledge and skills to other museums in their network. Participants require explicit support from senior management to participate in the course and must demonstrate a commitment to knowledge transfer and to supporting a regional best practice exchange network. Specific selection criteria will vary depending on the region and collaborating institutions. Participants who have an aptitude for training would be encouraged to be teachers, mentors and resource people for future RE-ORG: Canada training groups.

Partners

CCI is working in partnership with ICCROM, within the framework of the RE-ORG International Program with the provincial museum associations and with MAP.

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