Preservation Housekeeping for Heritage Sites and Small Museums


This self-paced online course is the first of its kind to be developed by CCI. The course covers a variety of topics related to preservation housekeeping, with an emphasis on small institutions and heritage sites. The course consists of six sections, which cover a variety of topics, including: cleaning, agents of deterioration, condition reporting, housekeeping plans, how to conduct walkarounds, and health and safety. Preservation of heritage sites is important knowledge for all staff and volunteers at an institution, and this course aims to provide introductory knowledge and tools on this important topic.

Why take this course?

The course is ideal for people who have had little or no training in conservation or preventive conservation. Employees and volunteers working in a historic place and a small museum will find this course useful in preserving the place. It is also useful training for onboarding new staff and volunteers.

What You'll Learn

  • The basics of preservation for historic sites
  • What the agents of deterioration are and methods to reduce deterioration
  • The importance of walkarounds and the value of condition reporting
  • Appropriate methods and products to use when cleaning historic interiors and exteriors

Effort - number of hours to complete

This course will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. There are optional exercises throughout the course, which may increase the time required for completion.

Who Will Benefit

This course is perfectly suited for people who have little to no training in the field of conservation or preventive conservation. Staff and volunteers at heritage sites and small museums will find this course useful for the preservation of their sites. This course would also be useful training when onboarding new staff and volunteers.

Computer Requirements

This course is hosted in Brightspace in partnership with PowerED™ by Athabasca University. You should have access to a Mac, a PC or a tablet with an Internet connection. Brightspace supports the following browsers: Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox. For more information on browser support visit:

If you want to use your smartphone, you can download the D2L Pulse app for free to access the course: