Collections Care Manual

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

A series of 12 instructional videos and an updated version of the bestselling book Conservation and Care of Collections provides information on general conservation techniques.

The Collections Care Manual website covers:

Box Making
Learn how to make a simple box to appropriately store a collection item.

Dust and Brush Vacuuming
Dust causes damage to items within collections.

Freezing Objects
Freezing is a simple, cheap, and safe method that can be used to kill insect infestations within collections.

Handling Objects
Poor handling techniques cause far more damage to collection items than any other factor.

Integrated Pest Management
Organic materials found within collections can make them highly attractive to insects.

Light Control
Although light damage occurs slowly, the damage caused is irreversible.

Techniques such as freezing, object isolation, and brush vacuuming can help to treat a mould outbreak.

Storage Basics
There are basic storage guidelines that will help to maintain appropriate collection conditions.

Storage Materials
A key element to looking after collection objects is ensuring that the correct package materials are being used.

Temperature and Relative Humidity
Stable temperature and relative humidity levels can help to prevent damage to items.

Textile Storage
Textiles and costumes require specific storage techniques.


View the Collections Care Manual website