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Conservation Advisory Network

About CAN

The Conservation Advisory Network is a free service that offers a range of collections care advice, training and support for museums in North East England.  CAN is delivered and managed through a partnership between The Bowes Museum and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and is funded through Arts Council England’s Museum Development Programme and Major Partner Museum funding.  

CAN offers the following support:

  • Telephone and email helpline
  • Advisory visits
  • Advice and assistance on a range of subjects e.g.
  1. undertaking Benchmarks in Collections Care

  2. pest management

  3. conservation planning

  4. emergency preparedness

  5. planning remedial conservation programmes

  • Training
  • Support for the Regional Emergency Response Resource
  • Support to help meet requirements within Section 2 of the Accreditation standard

You can access this support by contacting:

Kayleigh Fuller  - CAN Regional Conservator

For an insight into the services CAN offers please take a look at their posts on The Bowes Museum blog:

All aboard! Training on the job with the Conservation Advisory Network

Emergency Response Salvage Training

CAN conference 2015

Protecting Grace Darling's Coble

Cleaning Fusiliers Medals

The CAN case study, linked to the right of this page, offers an overview of CAN support provided in 2012-15.