2018 Learning Opportunities



Governance (CMS 18 - 03) 
April 27 - 28, 2018
Tipple Park Museum, Evansburg
Instructors: Jennifer Forsyth & Rosalie Lammle

As legally constituted organizations, museums must define their governing authorities and public trust responsibilities. This course introduces the basic requirements for operating a museum. It includes an explanation of the governing documents required to establish and run a museum. It also outlines the accountability and responsibilities, especially fiduciary responsibilities, of a museum's governing authority.


Collections Management (CMS 18 - 04)
May 25 - 26, 2018
High Prairie & District Museum, High Prairie
Instructors: Tim McShane & Breanna Suk 

Collections are at the heart of a museum. In this course, participants will learn about the policies, practices, and skills needed to manage museum collections. This course moves from broad concerns related to public trust, cultural diversity, access, and planning to issues in the areas of acquisitions, records management, and loans.


Preventive Conservation (CMS 18 - 06)
July 13 - 14, 2018                             
Galt Museum and Archives, Lethbridge
Instructors: Carmen Li & Claire Neily

The measures taken to care for and preserve museum collections are of vital importance. This course provides an introduction to preventive conservation (the actions taken to delay the deterioration of objects or to protect them from potential damage). Topics covered will include storage, managing the museum environment, basic treatment conservation, and pest control. 

*This event is now full. Please contact the AMA to be placed on a waiting list.


Exhibits (CMS 18 - 08) 
November 2-3, 2018                                 
Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, Red Deer
Instructors: Barbara Hilden & Kevin Zak 

The exhibits course provides an overview of the role and importance of exhibits in museums. It introduces the concepts involved in planning, fabricating, and evaluating exhibits. Topics include the basic elements of exhibit planning and design, exhibit policy, development, production, and evaluation.

*This event is now full. Please contact the AMA to be placed on a waiting list.


Museum Management (CMS 18 - 02)
December 5-6, 2018
The Military Museums, Calgary
Instructors: Trisha Carleton & Shari Strachan

Participants will examine a range of activities needed to manage any museum, including planning, financial management, human resources, facilities management, public relations, marketing, risk management, and information management.

*Registration for this event will open on October 29, 2018.


Research (CMS 18 - 05)
December 7-8, 2018
The Military Museums, Calgary
Instructors: Anna Rebus & Michele Hardy

Research is undertaken in all areas of museum practice as it is fundamental to the museum's purpose and programs. Participants will explore the kinds of research conducted in museums and will learn practical guidelines for planning and conducting research projects. Topics covered will include discipline-based research, collections-based research, research relating to museum functions and activities, and research methodologies such as field research and oral history interviews.

*Registration for this event will open on October 29, 2018.


 Please note this schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the AMA.




Canadian Conservation Institute: Care of Textiles

June 20 - 21, 2018
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary

This workshop is an introduction to the care of costumes and textiles commonly found in Canadian collections. Fundamental information about fibres, structures, and manufacturing processes that affect the long-term stability of textiles is provided. Both internal and external agents of deterioration and typical signs of damage are described. A wide range of preventive conservation topics specifically related to textiles is explored. Basic conservation interventions are presented and demonstrated, and issues in ethical decision-making are addressed.



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