Materials Working Group

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History

The first meeting of the Working Group on Materials for Collection Storage, Transport and Display (The Materials Working Group) was held on February 8-9, 2017, sponsored by the Smithsonian’s National Collections Program, Museum Conservation Institute, and National Museum of Natural History.

This group developed out of discussions at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) which focused on effectively making resources available to describe and recommend best practices in choosing materials for storage, transport, and display that suit the required demand and are long-lasting and non-damaging. As discussions proceeded over the next few months, it was quickly realized that many related, parallel efforts were actively pursuing similar goals. Some examples include:

  • Conservation and Exhibition Planning: Material Testing for Design, Display, and Packing, sponsored by The Lunder Conservation Center and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, 19-20 November, 2015
  • The Museum, Archives and Library Materials Working Group held at the Smithsonian Institution, NMNH, 7 March 2016
  • The Technical Committee for Materials – Association for Preservation Technology International annual meeting, Ottawa, 13 October, 2017

Structure

To begin investigating this topic the 2018 Working Group participants were divided into three groups. Each group developed a mission along with Short (1-2 year) Medium (3-5 year) and Long-Term (5+ year) goals.

Materials Specifications

Mission

Short Term Goals

Medium Term Goals

Long Term Goals

Materials Testing and Standards

Mission

Short Term Goals

Medium Term Goals

Long Term Goals

Resources & Dissemination

Mission

The mission of the Resources Subgroup is to gather, package and disseminate data, information and best practices to aid in choosing materials for storage, exhibition and transport for the benefit of collecting institutions and cultural heritage communities.

Short Term Goals

  • Info gathering
  • End-users focus group interviews
  • Survey to the broader field
  • Initial online presence
  • Annotated bibliographies (Zotero?)
  • Links to resources currently available

Medium Term Goals

  • Outline site/resource profile and architecture
  • Estimation of costs
  • Identify funders
  • Potential grant writing
  • Begin/continue to produce content

Long Term Goals

  • Launch an online portal/tool
  • Ensure continued development and sustainability

Related Resources

These resources and sites contain useful information on materials used for storage, exhibit and display.

AIC Resources

Institutional Resources

Standards & Specifications Organizations