Boxes, Tubes & Pallets, Oh My! Choosing and Using Safe Materials for Collection Housing
The 2019 Institute for Museum and Library Services Heritage Health Information survey documented that the conditions in storage are critical to the health of collection items held in trust by institutions across the nation. 45% of institutions reported damage due to improper storage or enclosures in the prior two years alone. With less than 5% of our collections on public view, improvements to storage is one of the most effective means for improving care of our cultural heritage. This webinar will focus on choosing appropriate materials for storage that won’t inadvertently damage your collections over time. Making wise decisions about products and how they are used in rehousing projects will stretch your budget to get the most preservation bang for your buck. Rachael will introduce several resources to help with storage organization, mount design and material choice and invite collaboration from the ARCS community to collaboratively grow these resources.
Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a principal in A.M. Art Conservation, LLC a NY-based private practice with specializations in object conservation and preventive care. She has worked at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the American Museum of Natural History, amongst others. Rachael’s degree in art conservation is from the University of London. She is Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and active in several professional organizations including positions as the E-editor for the AIC and the Chair of the Integrated Pest Management Working Group. Rehousing collections spark joy for her!
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