STANDARD 3: Collections Care Practices
Appropriate collections management and collections care practices must be used throughout all exhibit phases.
Collections are often moved and handled frequently during the exhibit process. This heightens the risk of damage from accidents, soiling, and exposure to such hazards as physical stress, pests, inappropriate humidity levels, and photographic lights. The exhibit team should institute safe care practices and detailed record keeping to avoid losses and minimize harm to exhibit collections.
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- Guideline 3.1: Objects are handled as little as possible and team members practice safe handling at all times.
- What are the risks when handling objects?
- What protocols can ensure that objects are handled safely?
- General guidelines for safe object handling
- What objects may need specific handling instructions?
- What types of objects could present health hazards when handled?
- Handling recommendations for objects that present possible health hazards
- Guideline 3.2: Objects borrowed from other institutions are cared for according to the specifications of a written loan agreement.
- What conservation-related information should be included in a loan agreement?
- Why is it essential to abide by all care requirements in the loan agreement for borrowed objects?
- Sample Form: The Harry Ransom Center
- Guideline 3.3: Temporary object-holding, storage and work areas meet collection care standards for security and environment control.
- What basic precautions should be instituted for temporary object-holding areas?
- Why is detailed documentation essential?
- What should be included in documentation for exhibit objects?
- Further Resources: Sample Forms and Documents
- Guideline 3.5: Objects are protected from excessive handling and from radiation exposure during photography.
- What risks does photography pose to objects?
- General guidelines for photographing exhibit objects safely