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The Curation and Care of Museum Collections

1st Edition

Edited by Bruce A Campbell, Christian Baars

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206 pages | 29 B/W Illus.

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Description

Museum curators enter the profession with a specialist subject qualification and yet at some point in their career, many curators find themselves in charge of a range of collections outside of their expert knowledge. Interpreting, curating and caring for mixed collections demands of curators a wide range of knowledge and understanding. The Curation and Care of Museum Collections is designed to give curators the fundamental information and confidence they need to manage and care for all of the collections within their responsibility, regardless of their previous training and experience.

Comprising two sections – Museum Collections, and Collection Development and Care – the chapters cover archaeology, art, history, military and natural sciences collections, as well as heritage properties. Every chapter in the book is focused on one type of collection, but all chapters in the collection management section contain advice on topics such as organisational philosophy, documentation, legal issues and materials in order to provide a useful and comprehensive guide to managing collections. The collection care section is structured in the same way, considering the issues of storage; display; handling; moving; packing; housekeeping; health and safety; emergency preparedness; and pest, pollution, environmental, light and vibration management.

The contributors to this book are experienced museum professionals, each with their own specialism and a deep understanding of what it means to work in the context of mixed collections. Providing a highly practical guide, The Curation and Care of Museum Collections is essential reading for curators working in all types of museums, galleries and heritage sites, and for students of museology courses around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Bruce A. Campbell and Christian Baars

Section I: Collection Management

1. Archaeology

Sara Wear

2. Art

Alison Bevan

3. Ethnography

Tony Eccles

4. Heritage Properties

Emily Price

5. History

Alexia Clark

6. Military

Rachel Silverson

7. Natural Sciences

Bruce A. Campbell

8. Collection Development Strategy

Elizabeth A. Walker

Section II: Collection Care

9. Archaeology

Sara Wear

10. Art

Alison Bevan

11. Ethnography

Tony Eccles

12. Heritage Properties

Emily Price

13. History

Alexia Clark

14. Military

Rachel Silverson

15. Natural Sciences

Bruce A. Campbell

16. Collection Development Strategy

Elizabeth A. Walker

About the Editors

Bruce A. Campbell is an Associate Tutor at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

Christian Baars is Senior Preventive Conservator at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales in the UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART059000
ART / Museum Studies
BUS100000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Museum Administration & Museology
LAN025000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology