Collections Management Training Program

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Instructor: Fionn Zarubica

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The Collections Management Training Program provides education and training in the contemporary profession of Museum Collections Management, an emerging profession originating in the U.S. Essential to the furtherance of a vibrant professional arts presence in a present-day context, its focus is a contemporary and practical approach to the care, management and presentation of art and cultural heritage, development, education and outreach. It can play an important role in the protection of cultural treasures as well as contribute to a reenergized economy through significant cultural outreach, both locally and internationally.


The Collections Management Certification Program provides instruction and hands-on training in contemporary techniques in the emerging field of Museum Collections Management.

The goal of the program is to train museum and collections care professionals – those who work directly with local collections – to make ongoing and meaningful improvements to the state of their collections; thus making them accessible to the public through exhibitions, and to scholars and educators, supporting efforts to protect and preserve significant cultural heritage, as well as contribute to a reenergized economy through significant cultural outreach, both locally and internationally.

Lead by Fionn Zarubica, an expert in Costume and Textile Collections Management from the United States, the nine-week program is divided into three sessions, and offers theoretical training in the classroom and online, including lectures, audio/video presentations and literature, practical training, work on case studies with an emphasis on teamwork, interaction and exchange of knowledge between the lecturers and colleagues from affiliated institutions and application of acquired theoretical and practical knowledge.

Program Outline

Session I will address core issues on how to care for one’s own collections within an institution. It will examine how a society determines what is of value and worth preserving, and provide an overview of the museum profession, including differentiating types of collections and museums. It will address registration methods and essential collections management concepts, principles and techniques.

Session II will focus on working with objects. It will address basic handling to assure object safety, materials and techniques for the housing of cultural property, storage and the storage environment, integrated pest management, object preparation, moving objects within the museum, finding creative solutions to storage methods using local resources, accessioning, documentation and labeling. The session also will begin to take a look at risk management as well as protecting the health and safety of museum staff and visitors.

Session III – Building on the lessons learned in Sessions I and II, Session III will present progressed studies in collections management including exhibition arts, incoming and outgoing loans of significant cultural materials, museum ethics, effective use of resources, best practices, sustainability and contemporary business etiquette, as well as in depth studies of new organizational models worldwide that ask the students to critically examine practices and structures and contribute ideas on how to create organizations that draw more on human potential, transform revenue streams and are sustainable.

Participants will look at how museums can encourage and support community growth and stability by promoting national and local cultures, education, scholarship, civic awareness and tourism; and the ways in which American museums are sustained through community efforts, donor support, and volunteer recruitment and training.

Who Is This Program For?

  • Museum, archive, collections and gallery professionals who wish to augment their skills
  • Students of Conservation and Museology
  • Private collectors
  • Volunteers and docents
  • Those interested in pursuing a career Collections Management

Schedule Location & Dates

Future Dates To Be Announced 

Schedule: Mondays thru Fridays, 10:00 – 16:00
(lunch 12:30 – 13:30; coffee breaks 11:00 – 11:30, 14:30 – 15:00)

Location: To Be Announced

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need A Particular Level of Degree From A University To Participate?

  • No. This is a professional development program and a university degree is not required.

Do I Need To Have Studied Conservation Or Art History To Participate?

  • No.  We are looking for participants with a genuine interest in the field of Collections Management and in learning the skills associated with it

Do I Need To Be Able To Speak English?

  • Yes.  Museums internationally communicate in English and it is a required skill.

How Do I Earn The Collections Management Certificate of Completion?

  • Satisfactorily complete all three sessions

How Long Is The Program?

  • The program is six weeks, divided into three separate sessions.

Can I Take The Sessions In Any Order?

  • The sessions need to be taken in order, as each session’s curriculum builds on the next

How Many Sessions Are In The Program?

  • There are three sessions

What If I am Interested In Taking Only One Session?

  • The three sessions must be taken in order and the only session that is open for enrollment without previous participation is Session I

Can I Attend Only Selected Lectures?

  • Attendence and participation in all lectures and classroom activities is required

What If I Complete Session I (one) And Then Cannot Continue? Can I Take The Other Sessions Later Or Do I Have To Start Over?

  • The sessions must be taken in order, but can be taken within two consecutive years.

What Kind Of Daily Assignments Are There?

  • There will be daily assignments.  These will include reading, essays on program topics and class presentations and online forum  discussions
  • There will be small projects assigned between the sessions

Classroom Discussions

  • Discussions on the program topics and assignments will be held daily in the classroom and intermittently in the online forum

How Will I Be Graded?

  • There are no grades for any of the sessions. However, we reserve the right to ask a student to withdraw if that student is not able to keep up with the program and/or the program expectations

Do I Need To Purchase Any Textbooks?

  • No, hard to find reading materials will be provided and there will be recommended reading lists made available

How Much Time Can I Expect To Spend Outside of the Classroom On Assignments Each Week?

  • Plan on spending approximately 5-10 hours per week for reading (online and off-line), engaging in assigned tasks and/or writing, and preparing class presentations
  • Actual time will vary from person to person due to language facility, research, reading and writing speed

How Often Will I Be Expected Attend?

  • Daily and punctual attendance is required
  • Absences must be agreed upon in advance

What Constitutes Participation?

  • Participation is defined as

– Regular attendance
– Punctuality
– Completion of assignments on time
– Cell phone off
– Meaningful contribution to the discussions

What Are The Technical Requirements?

  • Participants will need

– Computer access
– Internet access

Are There Any Other Requirements I Might Not Have Thought Of?

  • Yes, students are asked to turn off their cell phones during the lectures and to keep all food and water outside of the classroom