The Museum Environment: Transforming the Solution into a Problem
Source: Steven Weintraub, Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, Volume 2, Number 3, February 2006, pp. 195–218.
The museum environment is a complex subject that cannot be reduced to a simple set of requirements. The enforcement of prescriptive and rigid environmental specifications can result in unintended and adverse consequences, both to the collection and to the overall institution. Although there are practical reasons why guidelines have transformed into rigid specifications, the emphasis needs to shift back to flexible performance-based guidelines.