Care Of Collections / Edition 1

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Overview

Confronting contemporary issues in museum practice, this collection provides a practical guide to all aspects of collections care.

Contributors cover a wide range of issues including:

  • conservation practice
  • the monitoring and control of light
  • relative humidity and atmospheric pollution
  • packing, handling and transportation of collections
  • storage and access to collections
  • biological infestation
  • disaster planning.

Including material and sources that have, up until now, not easily been available, students of museum studies and proffessionals within the industry now have this invaluable aid to their work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415112857
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/27/1994
  • Series: Leicester Readers in Museum Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Series preface
Preface to this volume
Acknowledgements
Introduction: the context of collection's care 1
1 The ethics of conservation 11
2 Cleaning and meaning: The Ravished Image reviewed 21
3 Solvent abuse 30
4 Working exhibits and the destruction of evidence in the Science Museum 35
5 The role of the scholar-curator in conservation 47
6 Do objects have a finite lifetime? 51
7 Audits of care: a framework for collections condition surveys 60
8 Preventive conservation 83
9 Paintings: the (show) case for passive climate control 88
10 Silica gel and related RH buffering materials, conditioning and regeneration techniques 93
11 Conservation in the computer age 101
12 Museums tune in to radio 105
13 Fresh-air climate conditioning at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum 107
14 Light and environmental measurement and control in National Trust houses 117
15 The Clore Gallery for the Turner collection at the Tate Gallery: lighting strategy and practice 123
16 Construction materials for storage and exhibition 129
17 Indoor air pollution: effects on cultural and historic materials 135
18 Managing museum space 147
19 Museum collections storage 155
20 Here's what to consider in selecting high-density storage 176
21 A policy for collections access 179
22 Visible storage for the small museum 187
23 Curators' closet 197
24 Rules for handling works of art 202
25 Rentokil bubble: results of test 212
26 Carpet beetle: a pilot study in detection and control 217
27 Pest control in museums: the use of chemicals and associated health problems 234
28 Experiencing loss 240
29 Museum disaster preparedness planning 246
30 Emergency treatment of materials 262
31 Protecting museums from threat of fire 276
Further reading 280
Index 281
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