University: Alexandria University

Faculty: faculty of Arts

Department: Greco-Roman department

Course Description


1- Basic Information

Course code:

Preventive Conservation

Academic Program:  Museum Studies 

Course Type: Practical Training Module                     

Hours:  theoretical / practical

2- Course Aims

Overview and objectives:

This course aims to, manage the changes which happen of objects over time ,try and reduce the rate of deterioration of materials through the formulation and implementation the  procedures for the following:

Appropriate environmental conditions.                                                                     

Handling and maintenance procedures for storage.

 Exhibition, packing, transport, and use.

 Integrated pest management.

Emergency preparedness and response.

The purpose of the course is to discuss and practice the risk management approach to conservation of collections.

Risk management means:  not only management a rare catastrophe but also management  a slow continual hazards

3- Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants should be able to: 1- identify all agents of deterioration and types.

2-Estimate magnitudes of risks.

3-Rank their relative importance.

4- Regulate environmental monitoring for temperature, relative humidity, and light levels in storage, exhibit, and work-processing areas.

Implement An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program throughout the building in public, staff, and collection storage and exhibit areas.

  1. Knowledge and Understanding


participants will be able to put into application the proper preventive conservation measures to safeguard collections under their custody


  1. Professional skills

4-Course Contents

What is preventive conservation and How Preventive Conservation is practiced?


How Preventive Conservation is practiced, who is responsible for preventive conservation? ,and How Preventive Conservation is Generally Carried Out?


What kinds of materials will I find in a Museum Collection?

What is Deterioration and why is it important to understand the environmental agents of deterioration and how to monitor them?

Different kinds of equipment and, how can we used them to monitor the   environment (temperature {heating, ventilation}, humidity, light, dust and gasses pollutions, water dropped)


Types of Silica Gel, Requirements for Using Silica Gel, Calculating the Amount of Gel Required and How to Make Silica Gel Containers


What are museum pests?, What do I do if I find live pests in the museum

What types of damage can pesticides do to museum objects? And how can   Controlling Insect Pests?

5. Teaching and Learning Methods

A number of theoretical and practical sessions will be carried out, As well as self-learning activities, in addition to presenting the final results of each trainee for reviewing

6. Students Assessment

Participation in session’s activities, Exercises, and field training.

Providing final report on the acquired technical skills.

Case studies assessment

  1. Assessment methods