STANDARD 1

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STANDARD 1: The Planning Process
Conservation concerns must be addressed systematically throughout all phases of exhibit planning



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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Guideline 1.1: Conservation concerns are incorporated at the start of the exhibit planning process

Why is it essential to introduce conservation concerns at the beginning of exhibit planning?
How to ensure that conservation concerns are incorporated in early planning: The Exhibit Proposal
How to ensure that conservation concerns are incorporated in early planning: The Exhibit Location


Guideline 1.2: The exhibit timeline and schedule identify and include all conservation-related activities

What are the benefits of identifying and mapping out all conservation-related activities?
What are the key conservation activities to address in the Planning phase?
What are the key conservation activities to address in the Design phase?
What are the key conservation activities to address in the Fabrication and Installation phases?


Guideline 1.3: The exhibit budget includes sufficient funds for conservation

How does a series of cost estimates help budget for conservation?
How to create a general budget estimate
How to create a comprehensive budget estimate
Sample Time and Cost Estimate for A Conservator’s Exhibit Involvement
What conservation-related items should be budgeted for in addition to conservation specialists?


Guideline 1.4: All conservation-related plans, requirements, and information are communicated accurately and effectively

Why is it essential to establish clear methods of communication?
Which exhibit documents should be used to communicate conservation issues and decisions?
How to communicate conservation features in explicit and consistent language