Here you can find further resources to help with the Spectrum procedure Collections care and conservation. For the procedure itself follow this link.

Basic preservation for library and archive collections

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Preventive measures can considerably extend the useful life of collections, and are usually much more cost-effective than interventive measures taken to remedy damage after deterioration has taken place. This publication outlines external causes of deterioration of collections, including poor handling or storage, theft or vandalism, fire and flood, pests, pollution, light and incorrect temperature and relative humidity, and indicates the preventive measures that should be taken.

Using cut flowers and potted plants in museums

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The use of plant and flower materials in museums is growing in popularity as they are increasingly opened for special events, entertaining, and to decorate permanent displays. This fact sheet outlines notes on managing risk and the prevention of damage to museum objects from pest infestation, pollen staining and from localised increase in humidity as well as scratches and chips from flower pots or containers placed on museum objects.

CAT Condition Assessment Tool

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CAT was originally designed by the Scottish Museums Council as a tool to help museum staff and conservators to better assess collection condition and use the information generated more effectively. Its features allow non-conservators to undertake basic assessments of collection condition with a little basic training and the agreement of the meaning of terms.

The Digital Preservation Coalition

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The DPC’s Digital Preservation Handbook is the authoritative source of information, guidance, specifications and standards for digital preservation, and is an essential reference for anyone thinking about establishing a Digital Preservation Plan for their museum.

Monitoring light and UV levels in museums

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Monitoring light and ultraviolet radiation in a museum is an important part of environmental management. This advice sheet introduces the basics of monitoring light and ultraviolet radiation and describes the available equipment (light meters, ultraviolet meters, combined lux and UV meters, dosimeters, data-loggers, telemetric sensors and hard-wired systems), how to look after it, maintain it and use it to best effect.

Calibrating a dial hygrometer

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Hygrometers are used to measure relative humidity, an environmental risk that can directly affect the preservation of museum objects. In this short video from SHARE Museums East, conservator Juliane Ovenden demonstrates how to calibrate a dial hygrometer.

Calibrating a thermohygrograph

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Thermohygrographs are used to measure temperature and relative humidity, both environmental risks which can directly affect the preservation of museum objects. In this short film from SHARE Museums East, conservator Juliane Ovenden demonstrates how to calibrate a thermohygrograph.

Glossary of environmental monitoring

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Environmental monitoring refers to the measurement and recording of environmental risks such as light, relative humidity, temperature and pollution. Environmental monitoring requires a knowledge of the factors to be monitored and the ways in which monitoring can be carried out and recorded.

Practical collections care: a syllabus

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This syllabus provides a framework for designing a practical course in the care of museum collections. It describes the activities which form the basis of curatorial knowledge and expertise in collections care and encourages a pragmatic approach. It can be used by anyone designing collections care courses for entry level learners.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

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The ‘writing on the object’ marking technique involves the use of three substances (Paraloid B67 20% in white spirit; Paraloid B72 20% in acetone; Acetone) which if used incorrectly are potentially hazardous. Under Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Legislation, it is the responsibility of each museum to carry out an assessment, and to develop internal guidelines to ensure safe working practice when using these chemicals.

Museumpests.net

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This website has been developed by the international Integrated Pest Management Group to provide information and resources for cultural heritage professionals. It presents information on invertebrate, vertebrate, and mold pests in museum, library, and archival collections as well as historic structures.