RE-ORG: Canada (West)

Towards a museum storage reorganization network.

Training announcement

Application deadline:
September 11 2017
Training dates:
September 2017 to November 2018
Language of instruction:
Small to medium-sized museums in British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon (see Who should apply?)
Distance mentoring, face-to-face training, online learning
Simon Lambert, Preservation Development Advisor, Canadian Conservation Institute
Registration fee:
CAN$1,500 per museum team (two participants)
© Government of Canada, Canadian Conservation Institute. CCI 128843-0004
Figure 1. Storage area before reorganization.
© Government of Canada, Canadian Conservation Institute. CCI 128843-0009
Figure 2. Storage area after reorganization.


Dealing with storage is an important challenge for most museums. When storage is disorganized, collections are no longer accessible and their potential benefit to the public is limited. The RE-ORG method for reorganizing storage in small museums, which was developed in 2011 by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and UNESCO, will be the main tool used in this training. Since 2014, as part of this program, 14 RE-ORG projects have been successfully implemented by participating museums in Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Quebec.

Training description

With RE-ORG: Canada, CCI seeks to inspire a new generation of leaders in storage reorganization. Storage reorganization focuses on improving existing storage areas, not on planning and building new facilities. The fourth edition of RE-ORG: Canada targets museums from the Western region (British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon). Only museums from this region may apply.

Throughout the 14-month program, which includes individual work, a face-to-face practical training workshop and various online learning opportunities, up to six museums (two participants per museum) will prepare a condition report to identify the key issues affecting access and the overall preservation of their collection. They will then prepare a reorganization project and implement it. If your museum is selected, you will receive ongoing personalized support from CCI and you will be in contact (mainly virtually through teleconferencing) with the other participating museums throughout the program.

CCI has partnered with ICCROM to provide the didactic tools for this training. Note that as part of the RE-ORG International program, groups from other countries will also be taking part in RE-ORG training at the same time as RE-ORG West.


As part of this training, your museum will:

Registration fee

CAN$1,500 per museum team (includes two participants). This fee includes:

Funding opportunities

If your museum is selected to participate in RE-ORG: Canada (West) and you need financial assistance, you could work with Museums Assistance Program (MAP) officers at Canadian Heritage to prepare a special grant application for the equipment costs associated with your project (up to 50% in matching funding, maximum CAN$10,000 per project, special application deadline for this project is January 19, 2018). Further details will be provided once the selection process is complete.

To cover other costs, such as travel costs for attending the four-day advanced seminar or the registration fee, we encourage you to seek independent funding, for example, by sending an application to your provincial or territorial museums association or the Canadian Museums Association’s (CMA) Mid-Career Professional Development Bursary or Emerging Professional Development Bursary. If you are a Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC) member, you may be eligible for a Professional Development Bursary.

Who should apply?

If you answered “YES” to all the above questions, you may be eligible to apply. See the full selection criteria below.

Selection criteria

To be selected as a RE-ORG participating museum, your institution must:

To be eligible for the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) grants (Collections Management component), applicants must:


RE-ORG participating museums do not have to apply for MAP funding if they can identify other means of funding their project.


Program inauguration and introduction to RE-ORG
Delivery: Webinar, video conference
Week of September 18, 2017
Storage condition report: defining your needs
Delivery: individual work, distance mentoring, online learning
September 18 to December 31, 2017
CCI visit: one-on-one troubleshooting
Delivery: personalized half-day work session with each of the project teams in their museum
Week of November 20, 2017 (tentative)
Four-day advanced seminar: getting practical reorganization experience
Delivery: face-to-face workshop
March 6 to 9, 2018
Preparation of the Storage Action Plan: structuring your project
Delivery: individual work, distance mentoring, online learning
March and April 2018
Implementation and communication:putting your plan into action and sharing the results
  • public outreach activity in your community
  • dissemination to the wider professional community
Delivery: individual work, distance mentoring, online learning
May to November 2018
Evaluation and final webinar November 2018
Assistance to partner museum 2019


Frequently asked questions

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