The effects of storage and display materials on museum objects

Choosing the right materials for displaying and storing your items is one of the most important ways you can care for your collections.

Storage and display materials contain chemicals, many of which can be unstable and react with museum objects. The wrong mixture of materials and objects can cause corrosion, discolouration and general deterioration, either through harmful vapours or direct contact. High temperature and relative humidity can speed up this item damage.

This resource from Museums Galleries Scotland identifies harmful substances, outlines the damage they can cause to museum objects and offers guidance on choosing safe materials to store and display collections.

Click the link on the right-hand side to download this resource as a PDF.

Date created: 2009

Author: Museums Galleries Scotland

Publisher: Museum Galleries Scotland