Collections Care

Condition Report | Collection Managment Systems | Legal IssuesObject Handling | Photography | Storage 

See how your colleagues perform these basics of collection care from around the world.


Condition Report

Newark Museum Official - Registrar Condition Reports for Gustav Stickley exhibition by Newark Museum - Take a look  as registrars from the Newark Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) work on condition reporting for the exhibition Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement, opened September 15, 2010 at the Newark Museum.

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Collection Managment Systems

MCN 2012: Developing an Integrated Collections Cataloging and Management System by Museum Computer Network - View this presentation from the MCN Conference where the Cleveland Museum of Art discusses how they developed a collections management system to match their specific needs.

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How Digital Asset Management Systems Work by DigitalAssetManagement.com - A Prezi presentation on "How Digital Asset Management Systems Work" by Widen Enterprises for DigitalAssetManagement.com - the DAM educational resource site.

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Legal Issues

What the Art World Needs to Know About the Ivory Ban and the Proposed Federal Rule by International Foundation for Art Research - Join distinguished specialists as they discuss the poaching crisis; how the existing laws and the Proposed Rule that are intended to address the crisis impact the art community.

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Object Handling

Artifact and Rare Book Handling: To Glove or Not to Glove? by Minnesota Historical Society - When handling rare and often valuable historic objects and books, are gloves always necessary? 

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From Here to There Museum Standards for Object Handling by Dixie Neilson - A trailer of the 2012 museum object-handling video that instructs and reinforces proper techniques for museum professionals.  

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Handling Bound Volumes by University of Glasgow - Great basic insturctions on how to handle bound volumes.

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Handling Photographic Albums by University of Glasgow - More instruction from University of Glasgow on how to handle photographic albums.

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Hands Off! Adventures in Art Handling by Mickey Koch - Part of the PechaKucha 20x20 program, this presentation format shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds on adventures in art handling. 

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How to Chine Colle' a Mono-print on to Etching (Printmaking) by Snake Artist - A mix of printmaking techniques. Mono printing onto thin paper then chine colle'd onto an etching for a unique print.

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Moving the U-505 by Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago - Take a look at how the U505 submarine at the Field Museum was moved from the back lot to the new indoor site.

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Safe Handling Practices for Chinese Hanging Scrolls by Freer | Sackler Galleries - Conservators demonstrate safe handling practices for Chinese hanging scrolls.

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Safe Handling Practices for Japanese Folding Screensby Freer | Sackler Galleries - Conservators demonstrate safe handling practices for Japanese folding screens.

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Photography

Online Museum Training - Photographing Collection Items by Museums Australia Victoria - This video demonstrates ways in which you can use basic equipment to photograph your collection items for documentation and digitization purposes.

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Storage

Box Making For Museums, Archives, and Libraries by DF Heritage Conservation Services - Jane Dalley of DFHCS demonstrates how you can create archival and museum grade enclosures tailored to the needs of your collection simply, and easily.

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Chicago Adventure, Part Two: Catalogue Dialogue by The Brain Scoop - Watch Emily Graslie from the popular Brain Scoop series view the storage and cataloguing methods at The Field Museum.  

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Custom Box Build for a Medieval Bible by DF Heritage Conservation Services - How to create a very innovative, two tiered, custom box for supporting a large medieval bible with separated cover. The box design was inspired by a pack of strip gum.

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The Gem Room by The Brain Scoop - Emily Graslie from the popular Brain Scoop series opens the vaults and unveils some of the shinier secrets from the Field Museum's geology collection.

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The Spirit Collection by The Brain Scoop - Emily Graslie from the popular Brain Scoop series explores the oft forgotten wet specimen collection at the University of Montana in Missoula.

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Horror Collection at the National Media Museum by National Media Museum - Curator Toni Booth introduces the Hammer Horror Collection and various methods of storage at the National Media Museum in Bradford.

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Secret Museum: Inside the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Collectionby Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum- Take a tour inside the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's collection to view storage of the natural history collection and maritime artifacts.

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Online Museum Training - Shipwreck Legislation in Victoria by Museums Australia Victoria  - View methods of storing shipwreck artifacts.  

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Rolling Textiles on a Tube - (Part 6 of 6) Conservation and Preservation of Heirloom Textiles by Minnesota Historical Society - Series of videos by Minnesota Historical Society where textile conservator Ann Frisina demonstrates and explains how and why to roll textiles and how to prepare a tube with a header.

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National Center for Ancient Textiles by Israel Archaeology - A rare view of ancient textiles  and their storage in Israel Archaeology Collections.

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Online Museum Training - Organising Your Collection Store by Museums Australia Victoria  - Demonstrating ways you can organise your collection storage using examples from the Koorie Heritage Trust and the Victoria Police Museum, a series of photographs showcase best practice techniques.

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