The basic materials and media from which an object is constructed.

How to record

Use a single term, without punctuation or capitalisation. Maintain a list of standard terms. Describe the medium and support of ‘2 dimensional’ works. Do not describe surface coatings (eg varnish on paintings) unless they are of special interest. Do not include brand names.


wood; tempered steel; canvas; ebony; oil


As many times as required for an object.

Information group

Object description information

Date created: 2017

Author: Collections Trust

Publisher: Collections Trust