PREVENTIVE CONSERVATION OF ARTIFACT IN MUSEUMS
Museums, being protectors of our cultural heritage, take on the responsibility of safeguarding artworks, historical artifacts, manuscripts, cultural artifacts, and collections for future generations when they add new items to their collections. To ensure that works kept in archives and warehouses, as well as those on display, are minimally affected by the passing of time, museums should create and implement preventive conservation plans.
The Muselera Museum software offers a comprehensive solution for preventive conservation planning of artifacts by incorporating an artifact-specific conservation identification feature. Conservation planning can be performed while adding new artifacts to the inventory, or at any other desired time, and the conservation status of the artifacts can be monitored and updated while they are on display or in storage..
Conservation is a multi-disciplinary field that involves collaboration between professionals such as conservators, curators, museologists, chemists, and scientists.
Some of the key aspects of artifact conservation include:
- Cleaning and stabilizing: Artifact conservation may involve cleaning the object to remove dirt, grime, or other surface materials that can cause damage or detract from the object's appearance. In some cases, the object may also need to be stabilized to prevent further deterioration or damage. Stabilization may involve repairing cracks or broken pieces, strengthening weak or damaged materials, or treating the object to prevent further decay.>
- Environmental control: The environment in which an artifact is stored or displayed can have a significant impact on its preservation. Artifact conservators work to control the environment in which objects are stored and displayed, such as controlling temperature and humidity levels, reducing light exposure, and reducing the risk of pest infestations.
- Preventive conservation: Preventive conservation involves taking measures to prevent damage or deterioration to the artifact before it occurs. This may involve encapsulating the object in a protective enclosure, using museum-quality storage materials, or limiting access to the object to prevent handling damage.
- Treatment: If necessary, artifact conservation may involve treating the object to repair or restore it to its original condition. Treatment may involve repairing broken or damaged pieces, filling cracks or losses, or applying treatments to prevent further decay. Treatment decisions are typically made in consultation with the object's owner, curator, or other stakeholders, and are guided by ethical principles and best practices in the field of conservation.
- Museum Software: The only way to ensure that the preservation of the works in the museum's or collector's inventory is carried out with the correct methods and at the appropriate time is to use specialized museum software. Our Muselera Museum and Collection Management program helps secure the artifacts by preserving them with proper methods and performing regular maintenance, thus preventing potential repair costs in the future.