|The Capacity Development Programme|
Although very desirable to have, the actual establishment of a functional, productive and viable conservation facility represents a multi-faceted challenge to most heritage institutions.
Institutional realities such as staff rotation, consequent loss of continuity and the scarcity of start-up expertise mean that the establishment of a functional conservation department can best be undertaken under the leadership and expertise of a specialist provider. On account of the Institute’s established track record at developing viable, durable conservation practices, heritage institutions value the Institute’s assistance with establishing similar, in-house capacity at their own premises.
Such capacity building can be accomplished via a 3-year programme that relies on a combination of knowledgeable evaluation, consultation, candidate selection, formal training and mentorship, as well as the selection, preparation and equipping of a physical conservation space at the client institution.
Depending on the country of location, the number of candidate staff (a minimum of two is recommended) and the range of conservation specialisms selected by the client institution, such a 3-year capacity development project may be implemented from USD38,400 for the 1st Year, USD21,860 for the 2nd Year and USD17,100 in respect to the 3rd Year. These contracted sums are all inclusive, extending also to the candidates’ repeated travel, lodgings and enrolment on multiple courses (both at introductory and mid-career level) for the duration of the contractual period. Included, too, are the on-site visits by the Institute’s dedicated faculty personnel, consultants and facilitators who provide consultative visits to the client institution to identify suitable studio space, to interview potential candidates and to guide the effective and profitable integration of the new conservation facility within the institution’s daily operations. The agreement also makes provision for subsequent, on-site support spells by mentoring staff appointed by the Institute, as well as for indefinite technical support, the supply and installation of necessary studio hardware, tools and equipment as well as the provision of start-up conservation materials. A tailored, turnkey solution, therefore.
Upon completion of the 3-year project, the client will have acquired stewardship of a functioning, profitable, in-house conservation facility, operated by qualified, motivated conservation personnel - originally drawn from such client’s own staff. The skills and services of this new capacity can readily be employed to the benefit of the client institution’s collection and exhibitions, though the nett effect of such a facility may also be measured in increased staff morale, enhanced public interest and such conservation facility’s potential to publish on significant conservation projects or conservation research topics.
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