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.

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 NSW 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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Condition reports: the essentials
An ABC of Condition reporting

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Reports
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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Condition reports - a 'how-to' guide
Equipment for examining objects and vocabulary for what you find.

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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…

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Collections Care Manual
The Collections Care Manual developed by Western Australian Museum is an online resource developed for small museums, galleries and private collectors.

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

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A simple mount for photos and documents
Photos and documents can be protected with this simple mount for display.

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Scanning photographs
This resource takes you through the process of scanning and making digital copies of photographs in your collection.

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How to make a book support for display
This resource provides instructions to make a simple archival book support for display.

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How to make photo corners for display
This resource gives step by step instructions on how to effectively secure photos or documents to an archival backboard for display.

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Why aren't you wearing gloves? The conservators' guide to object handling in the British Museum
To help clear up confusion, the British Museum asked their conservators to explain when you should (and shouldn't) wear gloves while handling museum objects.

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Paper Research website
National Archives launched a website about paper research.

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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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A guide to interpreting horse-drawn carriages in museum collections
This guide brings together best practice in the interpretation of carriages to help museums bring them to life. Developed by the Staffordshire Carriage Collection.

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