Covid & Other Disasters: Conservation Maters in the Northwest (UK) Conference

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Friday, 10 December, 2021
Friday, 12 November, 2021 - 23:59

Call for Papers and Save the Date
Are you a conservator or curator, employed or volunteering, in public service or private practice, or a student? We are delighted to announce our 2021 Christmas conference (#CMNW2021). This is an opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas and experiences. We especially encourage contributions from students to practice their public speaking in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

We want to hear your experiences of this extraordinary year. Are you coming up for air, or still picking up the pieces? Have you been dealing with water ingress and pest outbreaks during lockdown? The global pandemic has been hard on many of us personally and professionally. We have been forced to think again about our support networks and our mental health, and about the sustainability of our practices. Some things may never be the same again.

Please send us your proposals for talks on ideas, case studies and experiences of Covid and other disasters. Your 15 minute presentation might be on:
• The effect of the pandemic on collections care or emergency planning
• Successes and failures of remote communication
• Changes in the habits of pests
• Rethinking the priorities of conservation practice

Venue: The People's History Museum, Manchester
Date: Friday 10th December, 2021

Deadline for submission of titles and abstracts (max. 200 words):
Friday 12th November 2021. Please send your submissions to

In addition to the talks there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the PHM conservation studios.

This will be a cross-disciplinary conference for conservators, curators, collection managers, volunteers and students engaged or interested in the care of collections. Proposals are welcomed from those inside and outside of the northwest.

Museums Development Northwest have kindly offered to provide a number of travel bursaries; further details will be announced when we send out the conference invite in due course. Unfortunately we do not have a budget to cover speaker expenses.

This conference is organised by Northwest Conservators in partnership with Northwest Museums Federation and Museum Development North West