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Object Handling

Date 10 September 2019
Time 1 - 4pm
Venue National Museums Collection Centre, West Granton Road, Edinburgh, EH5 1JA
Organiser National Museums Scotland


About the Event

Museum objects are at high risk of accidental damage when they are being handled or moved. Damage caused by handling can also be cumulative and not immediately apparent to the user; It is therefore important to know how to handle all objects in the safest and most appropriate way.

This workshop will share National Museums Scotland’s Object Handling guidelines and best practice for both object handling and packing. It will cover a wide range of object types and will offer guidance on when to consult a specialist. It should assist participants in minimising damage to their collections through handling and will suggest how professionals can implement good working procedures through advance preparation and using safe and effective equipment and materials.

The day will concentrate on offering practical advice, sharing best practice through case studies, demonstrations, and group activities including practical handling and packing. Information will be provided on sources and networks for further advice. There will be time throughout the day to ask questions, meet colleagues and share information.


  • Knowledge of recommended minimum standards in Object Handling
  • Understanding of when to involve a specialist or use specialist equipment in object handling
  • Confidence in handling a variety of museum objects

For further information on this course please contact Fiona Thornton, National & International Partnerships Officer, National Museums Scotland | 0131 247 4024

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