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Thursday, May 16 • 8:30am - 9:00am
(Collection Care) The Re-Org Method: Tools, Techniques and Strategies to Improve Access to Collections Worldwide

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Collections in storage worldwide are at serious risk, according to an international ICCROM-UNESCO survey (2011), a claim that is confirmed by various national collections care surveys over the years. While much has been written on how to plan new storage areas starting from scratch, most heritage institutions (small and under resourced) face a different problem They must improve their situation with the means that are readily available, often tackling several “legacy” problems that have not always received sufficient attention in the past: overcrowding, non-existent location systems, actively pest- and mold-infested objects, and/or unknown quantities of found-in-collection items. The consequence is that these institutions are unable to fully use the collection to engage and benefit local communities. To help museums regain control of their collections in storage, ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Restoration and Preservation of Cultural Property) and UNESCO designed the RE-ORG Method with the help of a Storage Task Force of 15 professionals from 15 countries, and made it available online in 2011. By 2017, the RE-ORG Method had been applied in over 83 museums in 27 countries via hands-on workshops, distance coaching and online training. So far, several national/regional training strategies have been established in Canada, Belgium, Nigeria, Chile, India and Southeast Europe. All these experiences were used to revise the Method, a task undertaken by ICCROM and the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI). The latest version of RE-ORG (2017) includes updated and streamlined content, enriched with online tools and resources. It is easier to use, adaptable to various contexts and is being translated into various languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, etc.). This paper will highlight some of the innovations that are included in this new revision, some of the tools that are being developed for the upcoming training of coaches workshop in 2020 and share some lessons learned on launching a national training strategy.

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Simon Lambert

Senior Advisor, Collection Preservation, Canadian Conservation Institute
Simon Lambert, Senior Advisor of Collection Preservation at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), is an accredited member of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC) in Preventive Conservation. At CCI, he conducts broad-based research and assessments, and... Read More →


Gaël de Guichen

Special Advisor to the Director General of ICCROM, Independent
Gaël de Guichen is Special Advisor to the Director-General of ICCROM. He has lectured in more than 50 countries to raise public awareness on the conservation and protection of cultural heritage and to teach professionals preventive conservation.

Thursday May 16, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Salon A2-A3, Uncas Ballroom Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun
  Specialty Session, Collection Care
  • Track Collection Care
  • Ticketed Included in Main Registration
  • Authors in Publication Order Simon Lambert, Marjolijn Debulpaep, Theocharis Katrakazis, Gaël de Guichen
  • Abstract ID 18829
  • Tags storage,RE-ORG,preventive conservation,collections,tool,capacity building