Preventive measures can considerably extend the useful life of collections, and are usually much more cost-effective than interventive measures taken to remedy damage after deterioration has taken place. This publication from the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre provides a starting-point for those managing library and archive collections in all types of institution. It outlines external […]
The use of plant and flower materials in museums is growing in popularity as they are increasingly opened for special events and entertaining. Museums are also using plants and flowers to decorate their own permanent displays. This carries a heightened risk of damage to museum objects from pest infestation, pollen staining and from localised increase […]
SHARE Museums East, in collaboration with Collections Trust, have produced a syllabus that provides a framework for designing a practical course in the care of museum collections. The syllabus describes the activities which form the basis of curatorial knowledge and expertise in collections care and encourages a pragmatic approach. It can be used by anyone […]
This How to guide, published by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service in partnership with the Collections Trust, provides an introduction to the recognition and management of hazards in museum collections, and is a starting point for managing associated risks. Clicking the link on this page will allow you to download this resource as a PDF.
An EVA is an observational walk around a museum inside and outside to identify areas of concern from the threats of theft, fire and flood. An EVA encompasses the perimeter, all external areas and the external fabric of the building, including any outbuildings and grounds. The concept is borrowed from Community Policing, where it has […]
Although primarily applicable to the safety of people legislation, governing fire risk assessment and fire precautions will impact on museum premises and the storage, display, use and security of collections. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view on the Legislation.gov.uk website.
This legislation is the basis of UK health and safety law and sets out the general duties which employers have towards employees and members of the public, and employees have to themselves and to each other. Health and Safety legislation will be relevant to museums when providing access to their collections in many areas, including […]
This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.8 Expert Assessment of security arrangements, ‘The museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and earlier if needed. It must plan to act on the advice over time.’ The document from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office provides […]
This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ This publication, developed by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, SHARE Museums East and the Collections Trust, provides an introduction […]