Training Courses

These training courses are aimed at museum professionals. Please contact us at 6280 6280 or email us at for more information regarding the courses.

Volunteers; Managing your most valuable resource

Many of our community organisations are really reliant on volunteer help. Museums galleries and tourism locations serve the community and volunteers are the keystones to our ability to deliver. But with the ‘stay at home’ mantra and the inability to open to the community, some volunteers may not feel needed or invited back. 

This workshop runs all day and covers the issues around attracting, finding and supporting our volunteers. We will cover the liability and the way to get the most from your volunteers and how to fire ones that are not working for you but against you. 

Some organisations may be stuck now with key volunteers taking corporate memory with them. We will discuss how to prevent this and what steps to take to build corporate strength.  What are the new directions and important tasks you want to prioritise and resume. How do we make sure this re-entry time for the volunteers and public engagement remains compliant and still welcoming and productive? This talk covers all of the aspects of volunteer management for small museums and community organisations, which are reliant on them.


WH&S in museums and collections

As our products get safer and our concern for safety increases we find more and more things become obsolete. Obsolete because of asbestos, lead white, battery acid, or acidic plasticiser and we replace these with better design and better functioning objects? What happens to the old objects? well, they are now museum items. 

Mechanical, chemical biological risks abound in our collections. Hazards are quite literally everywhere. Managing staff, public displays, and volunteers in our storerooms is a logistic and work-safe maze. This workshop runs for 2 full days and covers the science behind the collection. Learn what the risks are and how to manage them. 


Care and handling of textiles

Textiles are the most fragile items in any collection and their care is essential as treatment and recovery are very expensive. This is a full-day workshop and covers the technical issues and the need for support, boxing, and the correct pH for their long-term care. a hands-on workshop covers surface cleaning, documentation, and handling issues. Learn how to properly box and care for fragile flat textiles and garments. the workshop will also cover three-dimensional textiles shoes, umbrellas, fans, and other tricky items. 

Victoria is a part of the Australian ICOMOS- Fabric conservation reference group.


Disaster preparedness for small museums and collections

Disaster can strike at any time and the most common are fire flood or mold another often not considered is the risk of insects eating a valuable collection. The correct processes in place make the planning of these risks possible and response also effective. This workshop will actively help you to design a management plan for your organisation.

Victoria has worked at an international level in disaster preparedness and in planning for risk prevention in built environmental and movable heritage. Victoria is also part of the International committee ICOMOS ICORP (International committee for risk preparedness).