Furniture care and handling

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Understanding and dealing with the causes of damage to furniture and wooden objects are well within the abilities of nearly all caretakers of valued wooden objects, whether a collections manager at a major museum or an individual safeguarding family heirlooms. This booklet from the Smithsonian Institute outlines information about caring for and preventing damage to […]

Caring for your ceramics

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Ceramics include all objects made from clay which are shaped when wet and hardened by heating (firing). Fired clay has been used to create both functional and decorative objects since prehistoric times. One of the most common causes of damage to historic ceramics is rough or careless handling. This resource from the V&A contains information and […]

Preservation of records: Guidance for public consultation of Public Record Office of Northern Ireland records

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This leaflet from Public Record Office of Northern Ireland discusses the importance of record preservation and who is responsible for preservation. It offers advice about how users can help the preservation of records by handling collections with care and observing the security regulations in place to protect them. Clicking the link on this page will allow you […]

Good handling principles and practice for library and archive materials

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Much of the damage that library and archive collections sustain is caused by poor handling. Damage is often cumulative and not immediately apparent. A culture of good handling will significantly reduce the need for costly conservation work and ensure continued access to collections. It is the duty of all concerned to ensure that collections are […]

Larger & Working Objects - a guide to standards in their preservation and care

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A guide to museum standards in the preservation and care of larger and working objects in collections. Contents include: acquiring and building a collection documentation care and conservation access, loans and research working and moving objects environmental control and pest management safety and security disaster planning This resource is an updated version of the 1994 Standards […]

Packing and moving library and archive collections

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There are a number of reasons for moving collections. The most usual are relocation to different premises, the renovation of the fabric of the building, the installation of security systems, preparation for exhibition or rearrangement of the collection itself. The whole collection, or a part of a collection, may be moved within the building, within […]

Handling and packing fact sheet

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Many artefacts appear to be more solid and robust than they are. A great deal of damage can be caused by inappropriate handling and moving. A little forward planning will vastly reduce the risk of damage to an object. Museum objects can also be damaged by insufficient or inappropriate packing materials. Damage can be physical, […]

Glossary of conservation materials

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Handling, packing and moving museum objects is integral to the effective management of collections, and also areas in which damage often occurs. Archival quality tissue, card and board Acid free tissue and paper is used for wrapping, interleaving and buffering and is supplied in sheets and roles. It is available in different weights. Paper can be […]