Using cut flowers and potted plants in museums

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 in humidity as well as scratches and chips when pots or containers are placed on museum objects, such as furniture. With careful planning and co-operation, this risk can be managed so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of flowers and plants within the museum environment.

This fact sheet from the Museums & Galleries Commission, now Arts Council England, outlines notes on managing risk and the prevention of damage to museum objects from pest infestation, pollen staining and from localised increase in humidity as well as scratches and chips from flower pots or containers placed on museum objects.

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Date created: 1999

Author: May Cassar

Publisher: Arts Council England