SHL Masterclass: Filming collections inside heritage locations

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Filming collections inside heritage locations - An introduction for conservation professionals

Film ConservationLights, Camera and Action!...Filming is a great way to get your organisation known to a wider audience whether it's for a drama, documentary or big budget film. It is exciting but there is also a risk involved for conservation and that needs to be managed in the best way possible.

This one-day course will equip you with a close-up of what to expect, what questions you need to ask and prioritise, and who you need to work with to ensure that you can host filming and protect your collection. With this course, set in the iconic Senate House which has featured in so many films, you will be able to improve your confidence and performance for your institution so you can say to yourself when filming is complete, ‘That’s a wrap!’.

Conservation professionals will learn:

  • What to consider before agreeing to filming and working with media and marketing/press teams within your organisation

  • How you can make it happen with minimal risks to your collection, interference to your role as guardian and the viewing pleasure of the public

The main audience for this 1 day course is for conservators in the museums, libraries and heritage sector.


£175 full price

£150 SHL Members (apply discount code 'SHLMembers' at checkout. ID required on attendance)


20 places available


Course leader:

Helen Smith, Independent Preventive Conservator


Helen Smith has over twenty years of experience working as a preventive conservator in various historic buildings and museums. She has particular interests in managing the risks to buildings and collections from filming, events and photography. Helen has worked on an extensive range of location shoots, from single camera to full feature film crew and has developed a process to identify and manage the risks of various filming activities in historic buildings.

A lifelong interest in the biology and structure of insects has also married well with Helen’s role as a preventive conservator, developing an expertise in integrated pest management for cultural collections. Helen loves little more than the challenge of identifying a ‘new’ insect and working out how to curtail its efforts to damage our cultural heritage.

Event details

  • 10 June 2019 08:30
  • Helen Smith, Independent Conservator
  • Seng Tee Lee Room, 4th Floor, Senate House Library
  • £175 Full Price / £150 to SHL Members
  • Senate House Library Event


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