Covid and Other Disasters: Conservation Matters in the Northwest

Book now for this one-day in-person conference to share experiences, network and enjoy some cake together. #CMNW21

Open to all with an interest in conservation in the region, including curators, conservators, students, volunteers and interns, taking place on 10th December 2021.

What are 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.

The conference is organised by the Northwest Conservators Group with support from
North West Museums Federation and Museums Development Northwest

Kindly sponsored by Historyonics

Sessions include:

Rachel Swift: A specialist’s journey into the land of transferable skills
Ann French: Moth Infestations can have silver linings!
Abby Stevens: Biscuit beetles in Botany
Claire Dean: Pandemic learning, lipreading and concentration fatigue
Round Table Discussion: Experience of working with Covid

In addition to the talks there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the People’s History Museum conservation studios.

Venue:                 The People’s History Museum, Manchester

Date:                   Friday 10th December, 2021, 10.00am – 3.00pm


Lunch, tea and cakes will be provided by Open Kitchen, PHM’s on-site café. The lunch option will be a selection of vegetarian sandwiches with salad and crisps. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact

Conference Bursaries

Museum Development Northwest (MDNW) are kindly providing bursaries to cover the cost of the conference fee for some eligible delegates.

To apply for a bursary, please email, stating ‘#CMNW21 Bursary‘ in the subject line. Please tell us in fewer than two lines of text why you are applying for a bursary and confirm that the eligibility criteria apply to you.

Once you have sent your bursary application please DO NOT register through Eventbrite; instead, your application will count as your conference registration. We cannot refund any Eventbrite registrations being made erroneously.

Eligibility for bursaries: Volunteers and professionals from Accredited museums (excluding National Portfolio Organisations and National Museums) based in the North West of England. These criteria are determined by MDNW’s own funding.

Conference fees

Students and volunteers: £5
Professionals: £20

Thanks to some kind sponsorship by Historyonics the conference fee only covers room hire, as Historyonics are paying for the catering.

Important information:

Numbers of attendees are limited for this in-person event. Please undertake a lateral flow test before attending.
Mask wearing is encouraged during the conference and studio tour.

How to book

Tickets are available on Eventbrite here.

Deadline for booking: Friday 3 December 2021 at 12:00 noon.

Accessibility Information

Sessions will be short with plenty of breaks, fully accessible to all. For details of access to the venue (People’s History Museum) please visit The room we have booked is the Coal Store, which is a small conference room of 13 metres by 6 metres with a double height vaulted ceiling. The seating arrangement will be theatre seating placed at a distance from each other. Lights will be off for the presentations, but there are high windows that provide moderate daylight. Getting to the room from reception: walk up the stairs or take the lift to the first floor, walk across the walkway to the right of Gallery One.

If you are a presenter, please use Tahoma font for any text in your Powerpoint presentation. A laptop, projector and screen will be available at the venue. Please bring your presentation on a memory stick.

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