Training is one of SAMA’s most important priorities and is offered at a regional and national level. The benefits of providing training are:
• To provide professional development;
• To encourage the adoption of new trends in museology;
• To tap into national and international standards and best practices;
• To form a professional network of support.
Over the last few years, SAMA, in collaboration with the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency (funded by The Embassy of the Netherlands in Pretoria) has offered a Train-the-trainer Programme in Preventive Conservation. The purpose of this programme is to increase the knowledge and strengthen the skills of Conservators, Collection Managers, Curators and Archivists and to enable them to pass on their knowledge to their peers. From 2018-2020, five workshops have taken place in various regions. The following topics were covered: basic preventative conservation, conservation of paper, textile conservation, conservation of ceramics and glass, and the conservation of metal objects.
Future training courses being planned by SAMA are:
-Introduction to Museum Practice for museum workers with no or little experience
-Exhibitions for Curators for museum curators with some experience (not exhibition staff)
-Site management for museum curators, site managers, maintenance staff, front of house staff with some experience
-Education and public programmes for curators and staff working with the educational institutions and the public