STANDARD 11: Exhibit Mounts and Supports

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STANDARD 11 Exhibit mounts and supports must be carefully designed to promote object safety and fulfill the Conservation Requirements

An object mount can play an active role in conservation by protecting an object from such risks as theft or physical damage. A well-designed mount will provide support to weak areas, distribute weight safely across a brittle or fragile object, and secure loose parts from moving unintentionally. Mounts can also provide cushioning, which will protect the object from shocks and vibration. Conversely, and as important, a poorly designed mount can create damage by physically stressing an object or exposing it to contact with harmful materials. Because proper mount design is critical to object preservation, it should begin early in the design stage and should involve conservator input as necessary.

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Guideline 11.1: The mounting requirements of exhibit objects are planned early in the design phase.

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Guideline 11.2: Design of mounts promotes object-safety and always provides appropriate support

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When should a conservator be involved in mount design?


Guideline 11.3: Object-safe materials are used to construct mounts

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