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Learning Lab - Museum-Quality Storage for Photos and Memorabilia

A talk by Susannah Brown and Kate Jacus
DC Photo Solutions and The Photo Curator

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Photo organizing clients already understand the importance of saving family history, and along with photos, most people are also saving other documents and artifacts for future generations to enjoy. These preservation goals require specialized products and procedures. In this hands-on workshop, we will share professional techniques for museum-quality storage solutions for your clients’ photographs and memorabilia–skills that you can translate into additional revenue. Learn how to take professional-quality photographs of your client’s objects before storing them, and experiment with different configurations of Archival Methods’ Create-a-Kits.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Delve into the science of what it means to be “archival” and learn ways to explain these concepts to your clients • Explore museum standards for handling and storage of photographs, negatives, slides, film, textiles, family documents, and common family heirlooms • Understand when to call in a professional conservator for repair or restoration • Participate in a hands-on packing and storage of real objects in each of these categories: photographs, paper, textiles, and objects • Experiment with different configurations of Archival Methods’ Custom Storage Kits • Learn how to take professional-quality photographs of your objects before storage, and see how these can be incorporated into photo books or other projects • Gain archival skills that can lead to increased project revenue and come away with a reference guide to archival resources

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