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REGISTRATION CLOSED: Taming Your Treasures: Collections Management for Beginners

SPencer With Net, LegsDo your collections need to be catalogued? Do you want to train an intern or volunteer to get started on that neglected inventorying project? Is your small museum or historic site considering using museum software such as PastPerfect?

If you answered “yes” to just one of these questions, then this workshop is for you!

This hands-on, two-session workshop will teach you best practices in handling, describing, photographing, labeling, and keeping track of your museum’s treasures. After cataloguing a small sampling of your collections after the first session, on the second meeting day, you will share your work and what you learned with the other participants. You will receive feedback on strategizing how to plan your museum’s cataloguing or inventorying project. You will also receive hands-on training with PastPerfect Museum Software. After you complete this workshop, you will walk away with tools for gaining intellectual control over your collection so that you and your visitors will be able to work with and learn from your museum’s treasures today and in the future.

This workshop, which will emphasize three-dimensional collections, is designed for beginners and is suitable for (but not limited to):

  • Interns or non-collections staff or volunteers who have never catalogued, inventoried, or labeled collections objects but will in the future
  • Board members or non-collection staff or volunteers who have never catalogued, inventoried, or labeled collections objects but want to learn more about best practices in collections management
  • Professional or volunteer staff who assess and plan for future cataloguing and inventorying projects
  • Professional or volunteer staff considering implementing software such as PastPerfect in the near future to digitize their collections records


Nov. 3 and 17, 2014 (Round II – this a repeat of the two-day workshop that was offered in Sept.)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Hale-Byrnes House (Nov. 3)
606 Stanton-Christiana Rd.
Newark, DE 19713

University of Delaware History Department (Nov. 17)
203 Munroe Hall
Newark, DE 19716

Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places Member: $30
Non-Member (Individual): $60
Non-Member (Institution): $70

Expert Instructors:
Nicole Belolan (Sustaining Places)
Brian Gomez (PastPerfect Software)

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Both workshops have been filled. Check back for information about our upcoming repeat-workshop on board development.

Step 1: Fill out the form below and indicate which workshop you would like to attend. This will hold your place in the workshop, and we will confirm receipt of your information.  Your registration will be complete once we receive your form (see PDF below) and payment.

Step 2:

Fill out a registration form and mail it with your check to:

Sustaining Places Workshops
Museum Studies Program
University of Delaware
77 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19716

Past Workshops

Check out the titles and some resources from the previous workshops that Sustaining Places has offered.

Mailing Address

University of Delaware
Museum Studies Program, Sustaining Places
77 E. Main St.
Newark, DE 19711