Working Group on Buildings and their Collections (Edificios y sus colecciones)

The working group offered the workshop Museum Buildings and Their Collections on May 14-19, 2001 at the Centro de Conservação e Restauração de Bens Culturais Móveis (CECOR), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. The workshop was intended for full and part-time teachers affiliated with universities, museums, and heritage organizations. Participants, who included both collection conservators and architects, came from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Cuba.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • survey current research, thinking, and practical approaches for addressing the environmental issues of collections and the buildings housing them;
  • understand the roles of various professionals in interdisciplinary strategies for achieving for appropriate and sustainable environmental conditions;
  • present educational strategies and materials that workshop participants could apply in their own training programs.

A page for the information and materials relating to the workshop was created on the Consortium Web site. This Web page presented the curriculum, biographies of instructors, suggested reading prior to the workshop, and a complete set of teaching materials prepared for each session of the workshop. These materials included a session outline that described the learning objectives, content, and teaching strategies for the session; a technical note presenting the key points of the topic; and PowerPoint teaching slides. The materials are complemented by an online gallery of images, related technical notes, and teaching materials from previous preventive conservation courses. The Web page also featured links to other relevant online literature and bibliographies.

All of these materials are now part of the Consortium Web site's permanent teaching resources that project members can download and use in their own teaching.