Storage and display: Suitable and unsuitable materials

By Museums & Galleries of NSW



Many materials commonly used for storage or display purposes can cause damage to objects by giving off harmful vapours or through direct contact with the object. Harmful volatile substances include formaldehyde, acetic acid,
formic acid, sulphuric acid, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ammonia gas.

Download the fact sheet above for a list which sorts commonly used materials such as wood products, coatings, adhesives and fabrics into suitable and unsuitable categories.

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