Care of Collections

ISBN-10: 0415112850
ISBN-13: 9780415112857
Edition: 1994
Authors: Simon Knell
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Description: Often overlooked by the public, the central interests of museums are collections and their conservation and use. It is this relationship with collections which separates museums from other educational and heritage institutions. Care of  More...

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Book details

List price: $56.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/16/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Often overlooked by the public, the central interests of museums are collections and their conservation and use. It is this relationship with collections which separates museums from other educational and heritage institutions. Care of Collectionsbrings together the most important articles and extracts examining aspects of collections management and care, in particular preventative conservation. The contributors cover a wide range of issues from the ethical questions that surround exhibits to the more practical considerations of creating microenvironments and designing disaster plans. The book is divided into sections covering conservation practice, the monitoring and control of light, relative humidity and atmospheric pollution, storage and access to collections and biological infestation and disaster planning.

Simon J. Knell, Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, is renowned for his innovative studies of fossils as scientific and cultural objects. Previously a popular geology columnist for Geology Today, Knell's publications include The Making of the Geological Society of London; The Culture of English Geology, 1815-1851; and The Age of the Earth: From 4004 BC to 2002 AD.

List of figures
List of tables
Series preface
Preface to this volume
Acknowledgements
Introduction: the context of collection's care
The ethics of conservation
Cleaning and meaning: The Ravished Image reviewed
Solvent abuse
Working exhibits and the destruction of evidence in the Science Museum
The role of the scholar-curator in conservation
Do objects have a finite lifetime?
Audits of care: a framework for collections condition surveys
Preventive conservation
Paintings: the (show) case for passive climate control
Silica gel and related RH buffering materials, conditioning and regeneration techniques
Conservation in the computer age
Museums tune in to radio
Fresh-air climate conditioning at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Light and environmental measurement and control in National Trust houses
The Clore Gallery for the Turner collection at the Tate Gallery: lighting strategy and practice
Construction materials for storage and exhibition
Indoor air pollution: effects on cultural and historic materials
Managing museum space
Museum collections storage
Here's what to consider in selecting high-density storage
A policy for collections access
Visible storage for the small museum
Curators' closet
Rules for handling works of art
Rentokil bubble: results of test
Carpet beetle: a pilot study in detection and control
Pest control in museums: the use of chemicals and associated health problems
Experiencing loss
Museum disaster preparedness planning
Emergency treatment of materials
Protecting museums from threat of fire
Further reading
Index

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