Guideline 4.1

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Guideline 4.1:
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.