Emergency Planning and Recovery for Small Museums

Housatonic Museum of Art and Housatonic Community College will offer

Art Handling & Collections Emergencies

1.5 Day Workshop
December 5, 2014, 9am - 4pm
December 6, 2014, 9am - 12pm

The course will introduce handling principles and exercises and then adapt them to recovery techniques after water events, severe weather, and man-made incidents. The workshop will consist of presentations, exercises, and practice scenarios. Participants are encouraged to bring and share their own experiences.


This Workshop Will Include:

• Introduction to Emergency Preparedness, Its Terminology & Resources
• Guidance on How to Develop & Implement an Emergency Plan
• Recovery Techniques for Water Soaked Cultural Materials

Gretchen Guidess - Associate Conservator of Objects & Textiles,
Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Williamstown, MA

Nancy Valley, Senior Museum Technician, Yale University Art Gallery

Hosted by Housatonic Community College

Sponsored by the Werth Family Foundation
and The Housatonic Museum of Art

Registration Fee: $159
Fee includes reception and breakfast
Hotel rooms are available within walking distance at
The Holiday Inn for only $119/night, call 203-334-1234

To Register Call/Email: HC-ContinuingEd@hcc.commnet.edu (203) 332-5057

>> CLICK HERE for Registration Form

GRETCHEN GUIDESS is the Associatet Conservator of Objects & Textiles at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center in Williamstown, MA. She graduated from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, completing a M.Sc. in textile conservation with a concentration in preventive conservation studies. She completed internships at the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites/Peebles Island Resource Center, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Canadian Conservation Institute. She was the 2010 - 2012 Mellon Fellow at Historic New England.

NANCY VALLEY is Senior Museum Technician at Yale University Art Gallery. Nancy has been point person on countless art installations and art packing projects, and has helped see the collection through some major museum renovation and storage relocations. At this time, the Yale Art Gallery is moving a major portion of their collection to a new Study Storage facility. She serves as the primary Art Handling Trainer for the Gallery’s program for training all new employees in basic art handling. New employees are required to attend this training program in order for the Gallery to be prepared to react to sudden institutional emergencies.