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Workshops, Seminars, Tours and Lectures


"Caring for Museum Collections," January 4-April 10, 2016, University of Victoria, Online

"Museum Principles and Practices II," January 4-April 10, 2016, University of Victoria, Online

"Public Programming," January 4-April 10, 2016, University of Victoria, Online

"Building Community Relationships," January 4-April 10, 2016, University of Victoria, Online

"HERM 501: Issues in Heritage Resources Management," Athabasca University, January 4-April 15, 2016

"HERM 561: Advanced Issues in Interpretive Planning," Athabasca University, January 4-April 15, 2016

"Exhibition Design and Installation," March 7-12, 2016, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

"Condition Assessment, Recording and Measuring Survey," March 14-19, 2016, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

"Conservation of Built Heritage," ICCROM, March 14, 2016-April 29, 2016, Rome, Italy

"Cultural Landscapes," May 9-14, 2016, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Program, September 2016, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC 

Workshops, Seminars, Tours and Lectures


Caring for Museum Collections (HA488D)

Dates: Monday, Jan. 4 – Sunday, April 10, 2016
Format: Online
Instructor: Susan Maltby

Learn how to identify and quantify the environmental factors or agents of deterioration that affect collections, and to develop strategies that mitigate those factors. This course will build your understanding of the materials that make up a museum collection — both in how they degrade and in how they react to their environment and the objects around them. Learn more.

Museum Principles and Practices II

Exhibitions and programs are the primary means by which museums share their collections. This course follows from HA 486A Museum Principles and Practices: Creating and Preserving Knowledge to focus on the ways in which museums present a diverse range of exhibitions, programs and other outreach activities to meet their educational mandate, and then goes on to explore the governance and management structures needed to ensure that the museum meets its mission and goals. Learn more.

Public Programming

Public Programming examines the critical role of interpretation and public programming in helping museums and heritage organizations to engage their communities in meaningful and long-term ways. During this course we explore how these organizations can create memorable learning experiences for visitors through understanding their needs, motivations, learning preferences, and contextual influences. We examine the role of interpretation in public programs, the process of developing thematic interpretive content, and the strengths and weaknesses of various interpretive and program approaches. We learn about some powerful interpretive strategies that utilize the senses, material culture, multiple perspectives, stories and memory. We discuss planning, delivery, staffing, management and evaluation issues for a range of public programming approaches that occur on-site at museums and heritage organizations. We also explore community outreach approaches, including the new realm of web-based public programs. Finally, we consider how museums and heritage organizations can embrace learning as a valued outcome for internal and external stakeholders and develop effective, long-term community partnerships. Learn more.

Building Community Relationship

Building Community Relationships provides a safe place to undertake conversations, create new knowledge, and develop workable strategies to contribute to that good society. The course is designed to provide you with new tools and perspectives for inquiry, and practical understanding so that you can work effectively within a rapidly changing world. It also gives you the opportunity to share your insights with fellow learners, build upon your own experience, skills and knowledge, and critically and creatively meet the challenges facing your organization and profession.

Strong, sustained, and mutually beneficial relationships with communities are critical to cultural and heritage organizations that seek relevant, positive, and socially responsible roles in society. However, while the benefits of meaningful community partnerships are generally recognized across the cultural heritage sector, the knowledge and skills associated with effective community cultural and social development activities are not widely understood or applied. Learn more.

Exhibition Design and Installation

March 7- 12, 2016; on campus offering
Instructor: Tim Willis

Since exhibitions are the public face of your museum they should inspire powerful visitor experiences that convey your institution's mission and philosophy. This intensive course examines the entire exhibition planning sequence. It will address the foundation of planning, the planning process itself, designing, fabricating, and installing interpretive exhibitions that encourage museum visitors’ understanding, participation, and emotional engagement. Fieldwork, team development and presentation of an exhibition design proposal provide you with opportunities to build exhibition planning and design skills. Learn more.

Condition Assessment, Recording and Measuring Survey

March 14-19, 2016; on campus offering

Instructor: Gord Macdonald & Ben Gourley

This course focuses on the methods used in the survey and condition assessment of conservation projects. Through a series of practical exercises and case studies participants will be introduced to the range of survey and assessment techniques that typically form the structure for project proposals. Participants will explore important concepts such as level of detail, accuracy, precision and tolerance, and learn techniques for creating a measured and drawn record for a building. Practical exercises will introduce participants to advanced techniques including, rectified photography, photogrammetry, total stations and laser scanning. The second half of the course will concentrate on the condition assessment process and apply the principles and tools used in the diagnosis of condition for timber, stone, brick and mortar. Moisture content, timber species and grading, geology, porosity, compressive strength and the effect of salts will all be touched upon in the context of the systematic condition assessment of the buildings at Cole Island. By the end of the course students will have completed a group project focused on the condition assessment of a structure of their choice at Cole Island.

Topics covered

  • Measured drawings – approaches to creating a drawing record.

  • Advance image based survey techniques- Rectified photography, photogrammetry, RTF imaging.

  • Instrument survey introduction to the levels, total station and laser scanners.

  • Tools and procedures in assessment of timber: physical inspection, moisture content, resistography, microsecond timers.

  • Tools and procedures in the assessment of masonry defects.

  • Group project- condition assessment.

Learn more.

Cultural Landscapes

May 9-14, 2016; on campus offering
Instructor: Wendy Shearer, FCSLA, CAHP

From the landscapes associated with historic buildings, industries and rural communities, to traditional use sites of First Nations peoples, cultural landscapes are tremendously diverse resources that present special conservation and management challenges. This course focuses on the complex nature of cultural landscapes and develops your ability to identify, evaluate, and develop conservation strategies for landscape resources that are integral to your community.

Topics include:

  • defining cultural landscape types and their boundaries

  • applying current best practices in heritage conservation

  • recognizing evolving interactions between natural systems and human interventions

  • evaluating heritage values, significance, and integrity

  • consulting effectively with stakeholders and the community

  • planning sustainable management strategies

  • balancing conflicting resources and uses

This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals from a wide range of fields that come together in the management of cultural landscapes. Learn More.

HERM 501: Issues in Heritage Resources Management

As the introductory course to the Heritage Resources Management program, HERM 501 examines key concepts, definitions and issues in the heritage field. It outlines the various stakeholders, agencies and institutions active in the field and offers an understanding of central issues.  Full details may be found on the syllabus here.

HERM 561: Advanced Issues in Interpretive Planning

This course deals with the application of informal and formal learning strategies and methods of assessing audience needs for planning and implementing interpretive programs. Specific attention is paid through case studies and practical experience to the use of exhibits and first and third person interpretation as elements in interpretive programming. Here is the link to the syllabus.

Conservation of Built Heritage

Venue: ICCROM, Rome, Italy

Date: March 4, 2016 - April 29, 2016


The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) has recently announced its sixth training course on “Conservation of Built Heritage”, which will be held in Rome, Italy, between 4 March and 29 April 2016.

The course aims at serving a wide range of conservation practitioners and decision makers by placing technical issues within the broader conservation context in order to link them to planning and management concerns. The first part of the course will consist of an overview of the current practices of defining heritage, evolution of different concepts and key approaches currently used in built heritage conservation.The second part of the course will focus on the planning and management issues pertaining to the conservation decision making process. The third part of the course will focus more closely on technical issues including documentation, conditions assessments and various treatments plus interpretation and public access. The final week of the course may be devoted to one-week module on a selected theme related to World Heritage which also has implications on heritage conservation and management in general.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a better understanding of critical processes in conservation in order to apply them at the macro/micro levels; improve their strategic planning skills relevant to heritage management; expand their awareness, knowledge, and understanding of current principles and practices in conservation of the built heritage; and enhance skills, judgments, and experience.

ICCROM has been a pioneer in organising courses in heritage conservation since 1965 including the Architectural Conservation Course (ARC) and many other regular courses and most recently the course on Conservation of Built Heritage for five consecutive intervals since 2007. In designing this course, ICCROM has drawn from this experience, evaluation results and considered the most recent international trends and thinking related to conservation of the built heritage, including buildings, sites, historic centres and cultural landscapes.

The course is open to a maximum of 20 participants with at least four years of experience actively involved in the conservation of built heritage. Mid-career professionals and other decision makers in conservation from different disciplines (architects, archaeologists, engineers, planners, site managers, etc.), either in a position to influence practice or having the potential to do so in the short or medium term, are eligible. Those in a position to carry the messages of the course to a broad audience (for example, trainers who are able to reach a large audience over time) are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have strong communication and writing skills in English.

Teaching staff will be composed of recognized heritage conservation professionals having both practical and theoretical experience. They will represent the broadest possible international perspectives in their fields of expertise, and at the same time will be able to bring specific knowledge in order to fulfill each of the course components. In addition they will represent excellence covering a wide geographical scope.

Applications to take part in the course should be sent to ICCROM by 28 August 2015.

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Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Studies

This online 5-course program is designed for working professionals, and is delivered one course per term.  After five consecutive terms (about a year and a half), you can complete your Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Studies, specializing in either museum or heritage studies.

Tuition fees: for domestic students are $1085.34 per course, as of 2015 (a 2% increase is expected for 2016). For international students (outside Canada) fees are $1269.33 per course, as of 2014 (a slight increase is expected for 2016).

Our application portal opens on October 15, 2015 and closes March 15, 2016.

Find out more about our program and the application process by visiting our webpage:

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