You should have a policy covering the condition checking and technical assessment of objects. This could either be a standalone document or part of a wider collections management policy. Either way, in deciding your policy you will most likely need to consider these questions: Who is responsible for checking the condition of your objects? How […]
Documenting the make-up and condition of objects, and noting any resulting recommendations.
There are many situations where you might do this, so you will often use this procedure together with others. As well as visual checks, the procedure might involve technical assessments such as scientific tests on material samples. Condition checks also inform recommendations for treating, storing and using objects. Over time, the resulting records provide an audit trail of changes to objects.
This procedure is closely linked to Collections care and conservation, with several checks or assessments likely in the course of conservation treatment.
You should have a written procedure that explains the steps to follow when managing and carrying out condition checks and technical assessments. This suggested procedure, and the workflow based on it, are useful starting points. However you do it, your own procedure should meet the minimum requirements of the Spectrum standard. To see the workflow […]