Screen Heritage UK Moving Image Collections handbook

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All over the UK, archives, museums, charities, universities, libraries and arts centres have been carefully storing film and video charting their own and their communities’ pasts. From public document to home movie, extravagant fictions to reportage, this material is a precious and priceless store of historical detail, social understanding and powerful connections to other times, […]

Archaeological archive deposition policy for museums in Yorkshire and the Humber

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This policy is designed to create a uniform region-wide approach to the preparation and deposition of archaeological archives. The document has been developed in partnership with museums throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region, local government archaeological officers, English Heritage, the University of York and a number of field archaeological units. It is the sector’s response […]

Guidelines on the management of human remains

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This resource outlines professional guidelines concerning the storage, display, interpretation and return of human remains in ethnographical collections in the United Kingdom. These guidelines were adopted at the Museum Ethnographers Group Annual General Meeting on 23 May 1991 and revised at the Meeting on 7 April 1994. Clicking the link on this page will open this […]

Creating and improving stores

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Stores are an essential part of most museums. It’s unlikely that your whole collection will be available to the public at any one time – when an item isn’t on display, it goes straight into storage. As your items will be left in these stores for extended periods of time, you need to think carefully […]

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Materials for storage and display

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Many of the materials available for storing or displaying objects can seriously damage an artefact because of their inherent properties. Some may cause physical damage because their surface is too rough, or because they expand and contract at a different rate to the objects. Others may release chemicals as they age which react with the […]

Preservation of records: Preservation policy

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Preservation is a core function of any record office. It is central to a record office’s role as guardians of archival heritage. Preservation helps to ensure that all of us have an equal opportunity to see and enjoy unique and important records. In this leaflet, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland outlines common standards for […]

Caring for photographic collections in museums

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Photographic material comes in many different forms. It ranges from rare prints and glass negatives produced during the pioneer days of early photography, to photo albums, 35mm slides, and bundles of colour snaps. Photographs might form an historical archive, or a fine art collection, or be part of the museum’s own records of its collection. […]

Specifying library and archive storage

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Most library and archive collections will spend a much greater proportion of time in storage than in any form or use (such as reading rooms or exhibitions), so it is important that storage strategies are prominent in the overall preservation strategy. This booklet from the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre focuses on furniture and equipment […]

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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 […]

The effects of storage and display materials on museum objects

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Choosing the right materials for displaying and storing your items is one of the most important ways you can care for your collections. Storage and display materials contain chemicals, many of which can be unstable and react with museum objects. The wrong mixture of materials and objects can cause corrosion, discolouration and general deterioration, either […]

6 tips for increasing access to museum storage

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Museums have a huge amount of objects behind the scenes in their stores. They are getting better at opening up collections stores as the sector comes to realise that improving access is necessary if we are to make the most of our “hidden” objects and attract new audiences. It is also useful to show the […]