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Standards in the museum care of costume and textile collections

Part of a series of ‘Standards in the Museum Care of Collections’ publications originally produced by the Museums and Galleries Commission between 1992 and 2004, this publication provides a comprehensive overview and recommended standards for the care, conservation, interpretation and use of costume and textile collections in museums.

The standard features two sections ‘Managing Collections’, which looks at access, loan, management and use and ‘Protecting Collections’ which addresses physical security and protection of the collection. It also features a Technical Appendix including guidance on recommended conditions for storage and preservation.

The publication is freely available to download. Users are advised to exercise judgement when applying the standard, and to be aware that the practices recommended in the publication may no longer reflect best practice.

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Date created: 1998

Author: Museums & Galleries Commission

Publisher: Museums, Libraries and Archives Council