Exhibit Planning Phase

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Exhibit Planning Phase


The importance of introducing conservation early in the exhibit process cannot be overemphasized. Museum exhibition experience has shown that an object-friendly exhibit can be achieved most effectively and efficiently when object conservation is included as a priority at the beginning of an exhibit’s development.

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Conservation concerns must be addressed systematically throughout all phases of exhibit planning

Each exhibit team member must share in the responsibility to protect collection objects; and must work cooperatively to ensure object conservation

Appropriate collections management and collections care practices must be used throughout all exhibit phases

Movement of collection objects must be strictly limited and the transport of any exhibit objects must be carefully planned and implemented

Objects must be selected with regard to the specific needs of object preservation, as well as of the exhibit plan, and selection must be guided, in part, by an object’s vulnerability to damage and the exhibit’s ability to provide the appropriate protection

Objects selected for exhibit must be surveyed to establish their current condition and vulnerability to display and to provide an initial estimation of their individual treatment needs

The selected exhibit location must be assessed to ensure that it can provide a safe and non-hazardous environment for the objects on exhibit or that it can be sufficiently modified

A conservator must establish the Conservation Requirements for each exhibit object to provide the basis for deciding what conservation strategies and hazard mitigation features to include in the exhibit