STANDARD 9: The Design Planning Process

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STANDARD 9: The Design Planning Process
The exhibit design plan must meet the Conservation Requirements that were established for the exhibit objects to go on exhibition


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Guideline 9.1: The exhibit team collaborates with the designer to select conservation safeguards that will best meet the Conservation Requirements

Why is teamwork necessary in selecting options to meet the Conservation Requirements?
What are the main approaches to meeting the Conservation Requirements?
An example of the different approaches to meeting the Conservation Requirements: Meeting Security Requirements
What variables should the team consider when creating a plan to meet the Conservation Requirements?


Guideline 9.2: The exhibit team collaborates with technical specialists to select the best safeguards for meeting the Conservation Requirements

Which technical specialists can assist in selecting safeguards to meet the Conservation Requirements?


Guideline 9.3: The exhibit team carefully considers the scale on which to respond to each Conservation Requirement

What is meant by the scale of response?
What are important factors in deciding the scale of response to the various Conservation Requirements?
An example of scale of response decision-making: Controlling Relative Humidity


Guideline 9.4: All conservation safeguards selected to protect objects and fulfill the Conservation Requirements can be maintained for the duration of the exhibit

Why is proper maintenance of the conservation safeguards essential to fulfilling the Conservation Requirements?
What steps can the exhibit team take to ensure conservation safeguards will be effectively maintained?


Guideline 9.5: The exhibit design includes back-up conservation safeguards

When is it important to include back-up safeguards?
Examples of back-up safeguards


Guideline 9.6: Responsibility for implementing the conservation safeguards selected to fulfill the Conservation Requirements is clearly defined and communicated to all project participants

Why is it essential to record all decisions concerning responsibility for implementing the conservation safeguards?
Why should decisions be communicated to all project participants?