Collection Activities Archives: Preventive Care

NPS Museum Handbook Part I, Museum Collections, Chapter 9: Museum Fire Protection

NPS Museum Handbook Part 1, Chapter 9: Museum Fire Protection Source: national Park Service Fire is a major threat to museum collections. It can destroy or irreparably damage irreplaceable collections and structures housing collections within minutes. Effective fire protection includes prevention, detection, and suppression of fire to prevent ignition and fire spread. Implementation of museum […]

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NPS Museum Handbook Part I, Museum Collections, Chapter 7: Museum Collection Storage

Museum Handbook Chapter 7: Museum Collection Storage Source: National Park Service (NPS) Good collection storage is a major component of your park’s preventive conservation and collections care program. It is essential to the long-term preservation of your park’s museum collection. A well-planned and organized storage space reduces risks to the collection and provides accessibility. Deterioration, […]

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The Seismic Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings

The Seismic Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings Source: National Park Service, Preservation Brief #41 Earthquakes result from sudden movements of the geological plates that form the earth’s crust, generally along cracks or fractures known as “faults.” When buildings are not designed and constructed to withstand these unpredictable and often violent ground motions, major structural damage, or […]

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Emergency Planning and Fire Advice

Emergency Planning and Fire Advice Source: Historic England Our aim is to help the heritage sector by providing expertise and support in fire safety and emergency planning. We encourage knowledge transfer and facilitate the development of partnerships between sector partners. This resource had four parts: Emergency Planning Advice, Emergency Response Plans, Preparedness Training, and Fire […]

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Passive Climate Control

Passive Climate Control Source: Cornell University Library,Library Preservation and Conservation Tutorial Because of high energy costs and the impracticality of HVAC for many libraries and archives, there is now a great deal of interest in passive climate control systems. In tropical climates, HVAC can have serious detrimental effects, especially if it cannot be operated on […]

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Handling heritage objects

Handling heritage objects Source: Janet Mason, Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Handling heritage objects is part of CCI’s Preventive conservation guidelines for collections online resource. This section presents key preventive conservation considerations for safe handling practices with regards to heritage collections.

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Silica Gel: Passive Control of Relative Humidity – Technical Bulletin 33

Silica Gel: Passive Control of Relative Humidity – Technical Bulletin 33 Source: Canadian Conservation Institute – CCI Authors: Jean Tétreault and Paul Bégin The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to explain the need to control the relative humidity (RH) in a museum environment. Fluctuating RH can damage organic materials, while other objects, such as […]

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