Objects are transported only when necessary and always according to a pre-established plan
How can transportation of collection objects be kept to a minimum?
- • Arrange for all work to be performed in-house within the storage area and thus under controlled conditions. (Contractors will often require reimbursement for travel to the object so this expense should be included in the budget.)
- • Instruct exhibit team members to travel to the object for viewing and work activities. Dedicate a space near the storage area for design work and for mock-ups of layouts and object groupings, and for fitting mounts.
- • For fragile objects, provide 2-D renditions such as photographs and drawings and 3-D replicas to serve as substitutes for the originals during the exhibit’s design development.
- • Restrict an object’s trips to a few essential locations:
- • The prepared planning/staging area for documenting, examining, measuring the object, etc.; and also for design layout and mountmaking.
- • The conservation facility for object treatment.
- • In certain instances, the object may need to travel to an outside workshop to be replicated. (In this instance the conservator or curator must accompany the object.)
- • The exhibit location for final installation.