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Stolow, N (1994) The preservation of historic houses and sites: the interface of architectural restoration and collection/display conservation principles. Preventive conservation: practice, theory and research. Preprints of the contributions to the Ottawa Congress, 12-16 September 1994 .

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Detailed environmental and conservation surveys have been carried out in a number of important historic house museums in the United States. These demonstrate how conservation solutions must take into account architectural and engineering requirements. For institutions located in warm, humid climates, the recommended bands of relative humidity and temperature control over the year for collection rooms and storage areas range from 40±4% to 55±4% RH and from 19±1.5°C to 24±1.5°C, respectively. These environmental standards are established to minimize water damage through condensation at exterior walls, architectural features, and windows. Such standards are important both in winter and during the long, hot summer months when air cooling is widely employed for visitor comfort. Where environmentally sensitive objects need specific climate control, consideration should be given to display in microclimate cases. Strong daylight and sunlight through windows can be controlled by solar film filters applied to interior window panes, to achieve reductions to 50-100 lux where necessary.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Museum; Historic building; Collection; Climate control; Standard; Preventive conservation
Subjects: English > Management and Case Studies
Depositing User: Anna Samuelsson
Date Deposited: 20 May 2008 11:49
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2016 14:31

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