Getting Showcases that Work – Online Training


David Thickett, Senior Conservation Scientist of English Heritage, talks through the process of purchasing and maintaining a showcase that will work for you and your Museum.

Kindly hosted by: The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum

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1. Introduction to Showcases

 

Learn more about the agents of deterioration https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/services/agents-deterioration.html

Link to the AIC Conservation Wiki page with Exhibition Design Guidelines https://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Exhibit_Design_Phase

 


2. Buying a Showcase

 

For more information on choosing a display case https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/advice/collections/choosing-new-display-cases/

Learn more about the Government Indemnity Scheme https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/protecting-cultural-objects/government-indemnity-scheme#section-1

Learn more about some museum display case manufacturers

 


3. Controlling the Environment

 

Learn more about temperature and relative humidity requirements of different materials https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/advice/collections/temperature-and-humidity-in-museums/

More information about using sorbents in showcases

Silica Gel: Passive Control of Relative Humidity – Technical Bulletin 33

Jean Tétreault and Paul Bégin
https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/services/conservation-preservation-publications/technical-bulletins/silica-gel-relative-humidity.html

Learn more about lighting in museums and art galleries from this link from the Collections Trust Conservation and lighting guidance from the Museums Galleries Scotland
https://collectionstrust.org.uk/resource/conservation-and-lighting-guidance/

Resources from the Collections Trust for control and monitoring of light
https://collectionstrust.org.uk/collections-management/collections-care-and-conservation/monitoring-and-controlling-environment/

More information on Air Exchange Rates

DAVID THICKETT, PHILLIP FLETCHER, ANDREW CALVER AND SARAH LAMBARTH.  THE EFFECT OF AIR TIGHTNESS ON RH BUFFERING AND CONTROL English Heritage.
https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/siteassets/home/learn/conservation/collections-advice–guidance/musmicshowcasepaper.pdf

Simple methods to measure air exchange rates and detect leaks in display and storage enclosures Andrew Calver and Andy Holbrook ,David Thickett and Steven Weintraub.  PUBLISHED IN THE 14TH TRIENNIAL MEETING THE HAGUE PREPRINTS ICOM COMMITTEE FOR CONSERVATION, 2005
https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/siteassets/home/learn/conservation/collections-advice–guidance/icom14aer.pdf

 


4. Case Materials

 

Learn more about the Oddy test and testing materials for display https://research.britishmuseum.org/pdf/OP_111%20selection_of_materials_for_the_storage_or_display_of_museum_objects.pdf

These databases list Oddy test results for many common display materials

 


5. Case Studies

 

What are VOCs?

VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds released by materials such as wood and plastics.  These compounds damage objects especially metals and can lead to visible damage on object surfaces.

More information:

British Museum Occasional Paper Number 111 Selection of Materials for the Storage or Display of Museum Objects.  D. Thickett and L.R. Lee
https://research.britishmuseum.org/pdf/OP_111%20selection_of_materials_for_the_storage_or_display_of_museum_objects.pdf

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