Collection care

This is where you can find information on condition reporting, cleaning and handling a range of material types, as well as policy related resources. Some resources are categorised in Disaster, so don't forget to look there too. 

Condition reports: the essentials

An ABC of Condition reporting

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Condition reports - a 'how-to' guide

Equipment for examining objects and vocabulary for what you find.

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Preservation of historic leather, including saddlery

This how to guide looks at practical steps you can take to ensure the protection of historic leather objects, including saddlery.

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Shopping list: flood recovery

List of supplies for onsite flood disaster management.

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Caring for collections work book

This how to guide provides an overview of how to care for book and document and why this is important. By the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre.

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Cleaning in museums

This how to guide by History SA takes you through a cleaning regime for the museum space, display and storage areas and individual objects.

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Visual Glossary of conservation terms

This web resource is a set of photographic images which describe damage and deterioration in object collections.

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Combatting mould

This how to pamphlet by Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is all about how to combat mould in the wet season.

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Handling museum objects

Preventive conservation starts with careful handling. This M&G how to guide takes you through some guidelines on how to handle objects.

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Handling paper, paintings and framed objects

This how to sheet by M&G will take you through the steps of handling papers, paintings and framed objects.

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Handling textiles, furniture, ceramics and glass objects

This how to guide by M&G will show you how to handle textiles, furniture, ceramics and glass objects.

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Identify medical objects in museum collections

This how to by M&G takes you through the steps of identifying medical objects in your collection and why it is important to do so.

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Managing pests in the collection

This how to sheet from History SA will assist you with Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

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Pack and store books

This online resource will help you manage the conservation needs of books in your collection.

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Plan and prioritise for collection care

A collection care how to guide by SHARE Museums East.

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Preventive conservation

This how to guide looks at practical steps you can take to ensure the protection, safety and security of your collection. By Te Papa National Services.

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NGV Artists' Colourmen resource

This how to guide assists in the identification and dating of paintings using Artists' Colourmen stamps.

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Caring for photographic collections

This how-to guide includes common causes of deterioration and several quick tips for preventing damage to photographic collections.

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Paper Research website

National Archives launched a website about paper research.

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Environmental guidelines: an interim position

This report addresses changes to the Environmental Guidelines for storage and display of collections in museums and galleries.

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Caring for Historic Farm Machinery

This publication is for museums and historical societies with heritage collections, museum advisors and private collectors.

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Guidelines for the care of media artworks

This site aims to be a resource for collectors, artists, and institutions of all sizes caring for works of art that have moving image, electronic, and digital elements.

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How to brush vacuum an object

Removing dust and dirt by brush vacuuming (surface cleaning) can be very beneficial for many material types.

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Light damage and light control

Light damage is cumulative and irreversible but can be minimised.

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Looking after silver

This sheet explains how to clean silver and how to slow down the corrosion process.

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