RE-ORG Quebec – Adventures in Storage Reorganization

One-day conference

© Government of Canada, Canadian Conservation Institute. CCI 128843-0004
Figure 1. Storage before RE-ORG

© Government of Canada, Canadian Conservation Institute. CCI 128843-0009
Figure 2. Storage after RE-ORG

Conference aims

In recognition of the fact that providing adequate storage has become one of the main challenges of running a museum, the aim of this conference is threefold:

  1. to share the experiences of the three Quebec-based museums participating in the RE-ORG: Canada program, CCI’s five-year training program on storage reorganization;
  2. to share the outcomes of other national and international RE-ORG courses held in the Atlantic Region and in Belgium; and
  3. to explore practical lessons learned from museums like yours that have been involved in storage upgrade or reorganization projects of different scopes.

It is by having honest discussions about the challenges we face that we may shed some light on solutions going forward.


From September 2016 to November 2017, staff from six small museums in Quebec are rolling up their sleeves to reorganize their storage rooms to improve access to their collection and its overall conservation conditions. This collective effort is part of CCI’s RE-ORG: Canada program, organized in collaboration with the Société des musées du Québec (SMQ) and the Museums Assistance Program. Last year, RE-ORG: Canada was held in the Atlantic Region; the year before it was held in Ontario. All of the museums in the program are using the RE-ORG methodology for reorganizing storage in small museums that was developed by ICCROM and UNESCO.

During the three days before this conference, the RE-ORG: Canada (Quebec) participants will be working together to reorganize a storage room at the Oratory Museum (Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal). At the conference, you will hear about this exciting experience and about the challenges the participants will be tackling in their own museums as they embark on a RE-ORG project of their own. Our guest speakers will also share their experience and lessons learned in storage reorganization or upgrade projects.


RE-ORG: Canada (Quebec) Participants

  • Mylène Laurendeau and Brigitte Campeau, Maison de Mère d’Youville, Montréal
  • Karine Savary and Chloé Ouellet-Riendeau, Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke
  • Mathieu Tremblay and Caroline Duguay, MUSO - Musée de société des deux-rives, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

Guest Speakers

  • Jeanne-Mance Cormier, Musée acadien, Moncton, New Brunswick. "Raviver la collection de textiles et accessoires vestimentaires : Sortir de l’ombre, 20 ans plus tard!"
  • Marie-Hélène Foisy, Musée d’art de Joliette. "Repenser les réserves : Un chantier sur les collections au Musée d'art de Joliette"
  • Aurélie Noirhomme, Philip Geuken and Marjolijn Debulpaep, CPAS-OCMW, Brussels, Belgium. "RE-ORG: Belgium – Réorganisation du CPAS-OCMW, Bruxelles"
  • Jean-François Royal, Musée des religions du monde, Nicolet. "Pas besoin de miracles pour aménager une réserve : Le cas du Musée des religions du monde de Nicolet"


How to register

To register for the conference, send CCI <> an email with “RE-ORG Quebec” in the subject line. Include in the body of the email:

Registrations must be received by February 24, 2017.

If the maximum number of registrants is met, a waiting list will be established.

In your email, we ask you to submit a photo of the most creative, inventive and innovative storage solution you have come across. For example, this could be an idea for a storage unit or housing that is adapted to non-standard objects or spaces, or a custom solution for a space problem. Include a caption for your image that describes what it is and the problem it addresses (one to two sentences). Often, simple, low-cost ideas that use locally available materials are the best. You may be asked to quickly present your solution at some point during the conference.

Note: If the image is not your own, ensure that you have obtained all necessary permissions from the copyright owner before sending it. By sending your picture, you agree for us to share it on the new RE-ORG Collection Storage Tips & Tricks Tumblr blog.


Once your registration has been confirmed, you will be contacted by phone to process the payment.

Payment must be provided in Canadian funds by credit card (American Express, MasterCard or VISA).

Canadian federal government employees must provide IS reference codes or a commitment number, department code and cost centre.


Requests to withdraw must be submitted in writing to CCI <>. Refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

Exceptions to this refund policy may be made in the event of insurmountable difficulties in attending the conference.


CCI reserves the right to cancel this conference if the minimum enrolment requirement is not met. In such cases, CCI will refund the full registration fee but will not be responsible for any transportation, housing, loss of income or other costs that may have been incurred by the participants.

Additional information

Please contact CCI if you require additional information.

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