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Leskard, Marta and Burden, Louisa (2013) Solutions for challenging buildings: Storage projects at the Science Museum. Climate for Collections - Standards and Uncertainties. Postprints of the Munich Climate Conference 7 to 9 November 2012. pp. 207-216.

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The Science Museum Group, a coalition of five museums devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media, has objects stored in a number of leased and fully-owned buildings. Only one of these buildings was purpose-built for museum storage. Environmental conditions within the object stores vary widely. After taking into account developments in the conservation and scientific understanding of the behaviour of materials and the impetus towards sustainable low-energy solutions for storage, environmental standards were defined for each class of material. Wider bands for both temperature and relative humidity with emphasis on seasonal drift and slow fluctuations from set end points were accepted and the existing storage areas graded for the types of collections they housed. During a major internal financial review in 2009/10, it was decided to look at the estate held and used for object storage. This developed into a wider collections storage rationalisation project. Reviewing the buildings was only one element of the project; the needs of the collections were closely examined to ensure a wellrounded approach with collections preservation as important as financial savings. This paper describes two major projects to upgrade existing facilities to accommodate the rationalised reserve collection. It is hoped that the technologies and solutions trialled in these projects can be used again to provide further sustainable storage facilities for the Science Museum Group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Storage, Museums, Standards, Energy efficiency, Temperature, Relative humidity
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English > Management and Case Studies
Depositing User: Universitetsadjunkt Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 14:04
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 12:22

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