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Lloyd, H and Staniforth, S (2000) Preventive conservation and "A madness to gaze at trifles": a sustainable future for historic houses. In: Tradition and innovation: advances in conservation: contributions to the Melbourne Congress, 10-14 October 2000. International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works , pp. 118-123. ISBN 0-9500-5259-0

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Museum standards for preserving cultural material need to be interpreted sensitively if they are to ensure sustainable access to fragile historic house interiors presented as homes still in occupation. High standards of preventive conservation can be achieved by adapting traditional housekeeping practices, recorded in 18th- and 19th-century manuals. Conservators have revived methods to protect collections from physical damage, biological infestations, pollution, light, and inappropriate levels of temperature and relative humidity. To ensure that vulnerable collections are properly maintained, conservators equip historic house managers with an understanding of preventive conservation and technical information to aid monitoring and documentation, staff training, and management. In conclusion, the authors emphasize the need to establish a sustainable balance between conservation and access.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Historic building; Preventive conservation; Traditional practice; Housekeeping; Maintenance
Subjects: English > Management and Case Studies
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Depositing User: Anna Samuelsson
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2008 09:51
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 10:35

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