Resource Types Archives: Guides

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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Digital Preservation Toolkit

Digital Preservation Toolkit Source: Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) This Digital Preservation Toolkit provides accessible template, frameworks, decision trees and documents that are designed to help museums assess their digital preservation needs, to produce policy and procedures around digital preservation, and to develop, select and implement an action plan. Resources are presented in chronological order […]

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Digital preservation recommendations for small museums

Digital preservation recommendations for small museums Source: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Digital preservation standards exist and are well established. But some of the requirements laid out in these standards are beyond the resources of smaller cultural heritage institutions, such as community museums. Digital archiving systems, for instance, cost money and require time investments that volunteer-run […]

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Frequently Asked Questions about Contaminated Museum Collections

Frequently Asked Questions about Contaminated Museum Collections Source: Department of Interior The U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) provides the following notification to users and recipients of museum collections under the control of the Department that may contain toxic substances. “This document serves as official notice to the recipient that the items being repatriated, […]

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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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Residual Pesticides

Residual Pesticides Source: American Museum of Natural History Before the invention of environmentally controlled museum spaces and integrated pest management techniques, museums commonly relied on pesticides to prevent pest infestation and damage. Natural history museums often contain extensive organic collections (e.g. taxidermy and entomology specimens, and study skins) and are especially vulnerable to pest activity. […]

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Not all is lost in a fire

Not all is lost in a fire Source: Museums & Galleries of NSW (Australia) When a fire strikes inside a museum it can be doubly devastating given that museums are charged with safekeeping of cultural material. While fires are incredibly destructive, in many cases not everything is lost in a fire, and much can be […]

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How to brush vacuum an object

How to brush vacuum an object Source: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Australia) Removing dust and dirt by brush vacuuming (surface cleaning) can be very beneficial for many material types. However, removing dust and residues from objects should be carefully considered as they may provide clues about where and how an object was made, […]

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Cleaning in Museums

Cleaning in Museums Source: Museums & Galleries of NSW (Australia) Regular cleaning of your museum is an essential part of good management practice. Your cleaning regime should take into consideration every part of the museum including the museum space, display and storage areas, and individual objects.

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