Many of the materials available for storing or displaying objects can seriously damage an artefact because of their inherent properties. Some may cause physical damage because their surface is too rough, or because they expand and contract at a different rate to the objects. Others may release chemicals as they age which react with the objects.
This fact sheet from Signposts to Collections Care: a self-assessment pack for museums was written by South West MLA and outlines how to choose the correct materials for the storage and display of artefacts.
Click the link on the right-hand side to download this resource as a PDF.