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, for example, rubbing against other objects, or chemical from substances present in the packing materials.
This fact sheet from Signposts to Collections Care: a self-assessment pack for museums was written by South West MLA and offers guidance on the handling and packing of artefacts.
Click the link on the right-hand side to download this resource as a PDF.