BCMA was pleased to partner with the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) to hold “RE-ORG West: Adventures in Storage Reorganization” at the Parksville Museum last week where delegates from across Canada and abroad came together to exchange best practices in this area. This workshop was one part of the year-long training program for museum professionals who will be working collaboratively to improve access to their collections in storage and to improve preservation conditions. The participating BC museums this year include: Qualicum Beach Museum in Qualicum Beach BC, Haida Gwaii Museum in Skidegate BC, Greater Vernon Museum and Archives and the O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon BC, and the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse.

Last week, over a dozen museum professionals from these museums came together to put their learning to work and re-organize three collection storage rooms at the Parksville Museum over the course of three days. Below are before and after photos to illustrate the improvements made to Storage Room 2 (including the installation of an affordable rolling rack storage system, new ways of hanging textiles, new DIY artwork storage system).  The results were impressive!

Before…

…and after!

The training program is specifically designed to provide small- to mid-sized museum professionals with best practices to maximize their storage space for the safe preservation of their collections for future generations.  The RE-ORG program began as an initiative of ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and the RE-ORG tools are meant to be easy-to-implement, step-by-step guides that are free and available to museum professionals around the world.

The first step of the RE-ORG method is the self-evaluation tool. This tool is a great place to start if you are considering embarking on a collections storage re-organization project at your museum. This tool helps to communicate to Board members, decision-makers and grant funders your current storage conditions and the associated risks.

Following the self-evaluation tool is a workbook (with step-by-step ideas for storage re-organization) as well as additional resources that illustrate storage tips and tricks.

Click here for the media release.

For additional information about this RE-ORG process, please feel free to contact Anissa Paulsen at the BCMA:  grants@museumsassn.bc.ca.