Cuidar de Coleções


Acquire practical skills in the exercise of Collections Care ( applied preventive conservation) and develop student autonomy in the exercise of preservation activities, framed in the country museological reality and its conservation teams.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Catarina Paula Oliveira de Mattos Villamariz, Maria da Conceição Lopes Casanova


Weekly - 10

Total - 130

Teaching language



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MICHALSKI, S., Agent de détérioration: Les temperatures inadequate. ICC, 2009 .

DAWSON, A. Benchmarks in Collection care for Museums, Archives and Libraries. A Self-assessment checklist. Edição MLA. 2ª Edição, 2011.

SULLIVAN, Brigid, ‘Protecting museum collections in storage’, 2014 
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Other bibliography will be selected according to the field work to be developed in each working place.

Teaching method

Practical application of theoretical knowledge in a real work environment, at cultural Institutions of the DCR network. It may include workshop sessions. 

Evaluation method

50% of the evaluation corresponds to the continuous evaluation of the institution; 50% refers to the final presentation and discussion of the work developed.

Currently the presentation is done on the last day of the intercaler period.

In any evaluation moment, students must also take into consideration the provisions of nº3 of article 10º of the ''Evaluation Rules of FCT NOVA'', “When fraud or plagiarism is proven in any of the evaluation elements of a UC, students directly involved are outright disapproved at UC (…). 

Subject matter

Caring for Collections strategies.
Implementation of a preservation / conservation program.
Assessment of physical condition and documentation.
Safe handling of fragile historical objects.
Intervention limits: hygiene and safe surface cleaning technics.
Safe practices for protection of objects and packaging.
Safe storage principles and its practical application.
Preventive conservation principles and methods.
Environmental monitoring and control.
Budgeting and planning.


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