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Anoxic and microenvironments course announcement



ANOXIC ENCLOSURES AND MICROENVIRONMENTS IN MUSEUM STORAGE AND EXHIBITION:
        Creating Practical Solutions for Environmental Problems
                        March 26-28, 1996

        presented by the San Diego Natural History Museum       

        sponsored by International Academic Projects, London
                and Keepsafe Systems, Inc.

Objects in museum collections are often damaged by poor storage
environments. Correcting these problems on a large scale is often beyond
the resources of the collection.  Constructing anoxic enclosures and other
specialized microenvironments is a very practical alternative. This is an
intensive 3-day course for anyone concerned with preventive conservation
and solutions to common problems in museum storage and exhibition: pests,
relative humidity levels, gaseous pollutants and environmental
interactions.  Practical techniques, tools, and materials are emphasized. 

Course topics: 
* Identifying common storage problems in collections and exhibitions
* Monitoring for pests and key environmental variables 
* Constructing anoxic enclosures
* Constructing specialized microenvironments for sensitive materials
* Monitoring within enclosures and microenvironments
* Sources of information and supplies for creating specialized storage

Course instructors:
John Burke, Conservator, The Oakland Museum of California. Mr. Burke heads 
the conservation laboratory at the Oakland Museum of California. He has 
studied and published on the uses and effects of anoxic environments 
for several years. He is a Professional Associate of the American 
Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and is 
Professor of Conservation at John F. Kennedy University.

Sally Shelton, Director, Collections Care and Conservation, San Diego 
Natural History Museum. Ms. Shelton specializes in preventive 
conservation techniques for natural history collections. She is a council 
member of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. 

Course site:
The course will be hosted at the San Diego Natural History Museum and 
will utilize the museum resources of Balboa Park. Information on 
lodging, meals and transportation will be sent with the course readings 
to registrants.

Course costs: $300 for registrations received before March 1, $325 after
that. Course fees do not include transportation, lodging or meals. 

Further information on International Academic Projects courses can be 
found at the Web site http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~tcfa313, or may be obtained 
from James Black, IAP, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, United 
Kingdom. phone (171) 387 9651, FAX (171) 388 0283.

Further information and registration materials for the microenvironments 
course may be obtained by contacting Sally Shelton at the addresses below.

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