Decorative ImageAbout the session

Date: 5 March 2024
Time: 10:30-16:30
Format: In person – Museum of Somerset, Taunton

This all-day session, with a mix of practical activities, presentations and discussions, will look at different ways to mark and label a wide range of museum and archive objects.

Delegates will look at the basic requirements of documentation and how to make sure objects in the collection can be clearly and safely marked or labelled. The appropriate methods and materials to use will be examined and delegates will try out different methods for different types of objects.

The session aims to provide delegates with a thorough practical introduction so that they can mark and label objects with confidence. Delegates will receive a detailed handbook and a small starter kit. The practical activities will be varied to allow for different abilities and are all voluntary.

Delegates are welcome to bring specific issues with their collection to the session.

Who should attend?

This session is suitable for anyone, paid or volunteer, who works with a collection, with beginner or intermediate knowledge.

What will you learn?

Delegates will

  • Learn the basic principles of the documentation of objects
  • Consider the design and placement of museum numbers
  • Understand the different materials and methods used to mark and label objects
  • Practice marking and labelling a variety of object types
  • Know how to put together a marking and labelling kit

How does this session relate to Arts Council England’s Accreditation Standard? 

Section 5.2 To follow the Spectrum primary documentation procedures

Section 6: Care for and conserve collections

About the trainer

Helena Jaeschke ACR, FIIC is an accredited conservator with a degree in archaeological conservation and more than 40 years’ experience working with museums and collections in the UK and overseas. She supports museums across the southwest with all aspects of caring for their collections.