Extra readings



Alcántara, Rebeca. 2002. Standards in Preventive Conservation: Meanings and Applications. Rome: ICCROM.

This report shows how to define preventive conservation standards in a non-western museum. Find out how to apply standards in a way that fits your specific context.


Bishop Museum. Victory against the spoils: Preserving book collections in Hawai’i. Honolulu: Bishop Museum.

Conservation article on caring for papers and books.


Bordass, Bill. 1996. Museum Collections in Industrial Buildings. A selection and adaptation guide. Ed. May Cassar. London: UK Museum and Galleries Commission.

Very user friendly, clear explanations, clear illustrations and diagrams. Even though it is intended for the adaptation of industrial buildings, this guide has good advice for all types of buildings. The editor writes: “This is not a recipe book. It is much more: This paper opens your mind for everything you have to think of during your first visit.”


Canadian Conservation Institute. CCI Notes. Ottawa: CCI.

From the website: “CCI Notes deal with topics of interest to those who care for cultural objects. Intended for a broad audience, the Notes offer practical advice about issues and questions related to the care, handling, and storage of cultural objects. Many Notes are illustrated, and provide bibliographies as well as suggestions for contacting suppliers. Written by CCI staff, there are currently over 100 Notes in this ever-expanding series.” Many Notes address issues related to storage, mounts, padding, pest detection, etc.


Cassar, May. 1998. Cost/benefits Appraisals for Collection Care. A practical guide. London: UK Museum and Galleries Commission.

This guide shows how to apply cost/benefits appraisals to collections care in museums. It demonstrates how museums can move away from decisions based solely on cost, towards a more balanced assessment of the benefits of different options.


Cassar, May. 2000. Relative Humidity and Temperature Pattern Book. A guide to understanding and using data on the museum environment. London: UK Museum and Galleries Commission.

This guide helps in collecting, interpreting and using relative humidity and temperature data. It offers examples of “good” and “bad” data recording. Useful to staff members responsible for measuring climate.


Clark, Thurid. 1988. Storage supports for a basket collection: A preventive conservation approach. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. 27(2), 87-99.

Describes the work that was done to examine the suitability of different types of supports and their stress impact to a collection of 1300 baskets from the American Indian community. The article describes the survey method used for this work and the recommendations applied (accessibility, handling, supports, visibility) to enhance preservation of these baskets in storage.


Dorge, Valerie, and Sharon L. Jones. 1999. Building an Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions. Los Angeles. Getty Conservation Institute.

This book is designed to guide an institution and its staff through the process of developing a team-based emergency preparedness and response programme, resulting in the production of an emergency plan and other procedures to prevent disasters.


English Heritage. 2009. Insect Pests Found in Historic Houses (poster). London: English Heritage.

This visual resource helps with the identification of various types of insect pests found in historic houses in the United Kingdom.  Signs of damage are pointed out.


Keene, S. and Stevenson, A. and Monti, F. 2008. Collections for people: museums' stored collections as a public resource. London: UCL Institute of Archaeology.

Few people realize that 90% of museum collections are in storage and seldom seen. Suzanne Keene and her team at University College London investigated to what extent collections in storage were available to the public. This report discusses the benefits of opening storage to the public and is illustrated with several case studies.


Kerschner, Richard L. and Jennifer Baker. n.d. Practical climate control: A selected, annotated bibliography. Conservation On-line.

A commented compilation of articles on climate control in buildings.


Heritage Preservation. n.d. Capitalize on Collections Care. Washington D.C.: Heritage Preservation and IMLS.

Get inspired to raise funds for collections care.


Michalski, Stefan. 2004. Care and Preservation of Collections. Running a museum. A practical handbook. Paris: ICOM-UNESCO, 51-89.

This article includes useful tools on how to survey a building from the outside in, including invisible facts. Checklists and much useful information is offered. A good article to read before beginning any building or collection survey.


National Parks Service. 1993-2010. NPS Conserv-O-Grams. Washington D.C. National Parks.

From the website: “What are Conserve O Grams? They are short, focused leaflets about caring for museum objects, published in loose-leaf format. New topics are added as needed and out-of-date issues are revised or deleted. Semiannual supplements will be issued for an indeterminate period.” Many Notes address issues related to storage, mounts, padding, pest detection, etc.


National Parks Service. 1998-2010. NPS Museum Handbook. Washington D.C. National Parks Service.

From the website: “What is the Museum Handbook? It is a reference guide on how to manage, preserve, document, access and use museum collections. There are three parts to the NPS Museum Handbook: Part I, Museum Collections; Part II, Museum Records; Part III, Museum Collections Use.” Has an entire chapter on storage, and an entire volume on documentation. Note: what they call “catalogue number” is actually the accession number. Quite simple and user-friendly.


Northeast Document Conservation Center. Leaflets.

These leaflets are mostly for paper-based collections. They are divided under the following sections: Planning and Prioritizing, Environment, Emergency Management, Storage and Handling, Care and Storage of Photographs, Conservation Procedures. These are written in plain English and contain several practical examples.


Padfield, Tim. 2004.  Designing a museum store. Conservation Physics (website).

Introduces a low-energy method for controlling the climate in storage used in Denmark. Basic knowledge in physics is required for understanding this article.


Padfield, Tim. 2007. Why keep climate records – and how to keep them. Museum microclimates: contributions to the Copenhagen conference, 19-23 November 2007. Ed. Tim Padfield and Karen Borchersen. Copenhagen: National Museum of Denmark.

This is a review of strategies for recording climate data in museums. Amusing to read and to distribute to your team members.


Putt, Neal and Sarah Slade. 2004. Teamwork for Preventive Conservation. Rome: ICCROM.

This manual outlines an approach for introducing teamwork to improve preventive conservation in museums. It is based on the experiences of 11 museums from nine European countries.


Roberts, Barbara et al. 1988. An account of the conservation and preservation procedures following a fire at the Huntington library and art gallery. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. 27(1), 1-31.

This article contains information on how to deal with the aftermath of a fire disaster in a museum. Suggestions are offered on how to handle different types of objects after a fire and how to organize volunteers to assist in the salvage work. A mention is also made of how to support artifacts to reduce damage due to earthquakes. Illustrations with photographs on how to mount collections to protect them from the earthquake effects are also provided.




Northeast Document Conservation Center

This website contains conservation information on many areas that require to considered while planning for conservation methods in museums


Conservation On-line

A free online web resource with different practical topics of conservation on library and museum materials.

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