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Care of Collections : Leicester Readers in Museum Studies - Simon Knell

Care of Collections

Leicester Readers in Museum Studies

By: Simon Knell (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th October 1994
ISBN: 9780415112857
Number Of Pages: 300
For Ages: 18 years old

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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 Collections" brings 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.

List of figures
List of tables
Series preface
Preface to this volume
Acknowledgements
Introduction: the context of collection's carep. 1
The ethics of conservationp. 11
Cleaning and meaning: The Ravished Image reviewedp. 21
Solvent abusep. 30
Working exhibits and the destruction of evidence in the Science Museump. 35
The role of the scholar-curator in conservationp. 47
Do objects have a finite lifetime?p. 51
Audits of care: a framework for collections condition surveysp. 60
Preventive conservationp. 83
Paintings: the (show) case for passive climate controlp. 88
Silica gel and related RH buffering materials, conditioning and regeneration techniquesp. 93
Conservation in the computer agep. 101
Museums tune in to radiop. 105
Fresh-air climate conditioning at the Arthur M. Sackler Museump. 107
Light and environmental measurement and control in National Trust housesp. 117
The Clore Gallery for the Turner collection at the Tate Gallery: lighting strategy and practicep. 123
Construction materials for storage and exhibitionp. 129
Indoor air pollution: effects on cultural and historic materialsp. 135
Managing museum spacep. 147
Museum collections storagep. 155
Here's what to consider in selecting high-density storagep. 176
A policy for collections accessp. 179
Visible storage for the small museump. 187
Curators' closetp. 197
Rules for handling works of artp. 202
Rentokil bubble: results of testp. 212
Carpet beetle: a pilot study in detection and controlp. 217
Pest control in museums: the use of chemicals and associated health problemsp. 234
Experiencing lossp. 240
Museum disaster preparedness planningp. 246
Emergency treatment of materialsp. 262
Protecting museums from threat of firep. 276
Further readingp. 280
Indexp. 281
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415112857
ISBN-10: 0415112850
Series: Leicester Readers in Museum Studies
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 27th October 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.42  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1

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