Risks to Collections Archives: Light, Infrared & Ultraviolet

Monitoring light in a museum or gallery – Light Duties

Monitoring light in a museum or gallery – Light Duties Source: Preservation Equipment Ltd, UK Light can be damaging for collections, the monitoring of light radiation is part of the fundamental environmental management museums and galleries cannot ignore. With many tools available to help those charged with the responsibility of care for exhibits, the job […]

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Museum Collections Environment

Museum Collections Environment Source: The updated (2016) NPS Museum Handbook, Chapter 4 on the Environment including temperature and relative humidity, light, monitoring, and general guidelines.

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Light Damage Calculator (CCI)

Light Damage Calculator (CCI) Source: Canadian Conservation institute The light damage calculator provides an estimate of the fading of colours exposed to light, based on the best available data.

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Protection from Light Damage

Protection from Light Damage Source: Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) When we think of light damage, we think of fading, but fading is only the most recognizable form of damage.

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Agent of Deterioration: Light, Ultraviolet and Infrared

Agent of Deterioration: Light, Ultraviolet and Infrared Source: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) We need light in order to see collections, but light damages some objects. In terms of risk management trade-offs, we must make a decision that minimizes the loss of value due to poor visual access and the loss of value due to permanent […]

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Environmental Overview

Environmental Overview Source: Image Permanence Institute (IPI) (Overview statement) Managing collection storage and display environments for long-term preservation is a complicated task. It requires an understanding of the effect of the environment on the materials in your collection, a realistic view of the environment in these spaces, and the ability to make strategic changes that […]

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Low Cost/No Cost Improvements in Climate Control

Low Cost/No Cost Improvements in Climate Control Source: Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Suggestions from a project by William Lull, a principal at Garrison/Lull in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, to help the New York State Division of Library Development create guidelines for improving environments in libraries, archives and similar institutions. Some of the tips may […]

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