Marking museum objects using the starch paste method

Spectrum standards are linked directly to the Accreditation Standard. Labelling and marking is a part of the Acquisition procedure, which is a Spectrum Primary Procedure.

In this short video (4:42) from SHARE Museums East, a conservator demonstrates the techniques for marking objects within your collection using the non-chemical starch paste method. This method is suitable for objects made from wood, metal, glass, glazed ceramics and plastics, and also some hard, porous objects.

  • Suitability of the method for your item.
  • The equipment and materials you should use.
  • The technique you should use.
  • Application of the starch paste method.
  • Key points and further sources of advice.

Conservator: Juliane Oveden
Editor: Alex Dawson
License: CC BY NC SA

Date created: 2012

Author: SHARE Museums East

Publisher: SHARE Museums East