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Risk Management in Heritage Workshop (ABC methodology)

Date:  16th and 17th February 2025 
Time: 10:00 – 15:00 (Washington and Ottawa time)                        
           16:00 – 21:00 (Brussels time) 

Venue:  Online
Places available:
Cost: US $490, EUR 450, 400 GBP

This two-day workshop will explore the risk-based approach to collections care and the application of Risk Management in Heritage (also known as the ABC) methodology in practice.  The methodology was developed by the Canadian Conservation Institute and ICROOM with other partners.

The course is highly practical, and the participants will work on case studies involving both historic interiors and collections. Through practical exercises, you will learn to identify, assess, analyse and evaluate risks to collections based on their significance. You will learn how to use the results of risk assessment in prioritisation, cost-effective resource allocation and strategic planning in care for collections.

This intensive workshop is designed to provide knowledge and foundation to those working in museums, libraries, archives and historic houses in how to effectively assess risk to heritage collections. The workshop will be conducted online through a combination of interactive lectures, case studies, group discussions, and practical exercises, ensuring that participants gain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

Course leader

Andor Vince, Collections Care Advisor

Andor Vince is a collections care advisor. He has worked in the heritage sector since 1998, including the Institute of Archeology in Serbia, the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service (UK), the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (UK), and the University of Cambridge Museums (UK). Andor’s expertise is in collections care, including creating collections care strategies and plans, policies and procedures, emergency and risk management for collections, and developing cost-effective projects and strategies in care for collections. He worked with a wide range of heritage organisations worldwide including museums, libraries, archives, and historic house museums. 

Andor's Master dissertation topic was collections assessment tools, with a focus on ABC risk management tool for collections care. He was trained in risk management for heritage collections at ICCROM in 2011. Since then he has facilitated a number of risk assessment exercises in different heritage organisations and has delivered practical workshops in risk management for collections globally. 
Dr Anna Bülow apprenticed as a bookbinder in Germany before graduating with a degree in paper conservation from the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Konservierung in Bern, Switzerland. She worked as a research fellow at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa and graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada with an MA. In 2002 she completed her PhD at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK, specializing in preventive conservation. As Head of Preservation at The National Archives in London, UK she conducted a large collection risk management study which she later tried at the British Museum where she worked as Head of Conservation. She is currently Head of Collection Management at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands and has recently concluded two terms as working group coordinator of the ICOM-CC Preventive Conservation Group.
Managing Risks in Heritage, Free webinar with Agnes Brokerhof and Anna Bulow
Date: 31st January 2024
Time: 16:00 - 17:30 (Brussels time)
           15:00 - 16:30 (London time)
           10:00 - 11:30 (New York time)
Venue: Online

In this webinar Agnes and Anna will present their experiences with the various methods for risk assessment and management in collection care, from risk registers and matrices to CPRAM and the ABC method. They will explain why they felt a need to develop the QuiskScan, a quick risk scan that serves as a stepping stone to more comprehensive approaches, and illustrate how it works and how they apply it in practice. After the presentation there is time for questions and discussion.



Dr Agnes Brokerhof studied Chemistry and Art History at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is senior conservation scientist and consultant at the Heritage Laboratory of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands in Amsterdam. Her area of expertise is value management, risk management and preventive conservation. From 2003-2013 she was one of the organizers and teachers in the ICCROM-CCI-RCE courses ‘Reducing risks to Collections’ and still teaches courses and workshops on risk management in the Netherlands and abroad. She applies the principles of risk-based decision making in her consultancy to collection managers such as guiding them through the process of developing lighting policies. Together with Anna she developed the QuiskScan method for risk assessment.
Managing risk webinar
Risk Managment Course
Scholarship in Risk Management for Heritage
Heritage Collections Care Consortium offers a fully funded scholarship to support heritage professionals working in museums, libraries, archives, and historic houses in developing their knowledge and skills in managing risks for heritage collections. 

The successful candidates will attend a two-day highly practical workshop in Risk Management in Heritage. In this workshop, you will learn how to use Risk Management in Heritage (also known as the ABC) methodology in practice. 

The application deadline: APPLICATION CLOSED
The application is scheduled to reopen in December 2024. To ensure you receive timely updates, please subscribe to the website for notifications HERE.  

Please note that the scholarship is fully funded. 

Read conditions for application. 
Scholrship in Risk Managment
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