Collections care and development during #Lockdown

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    Collections care


    • Ensure all display cases remain locked and keys are stored safely.
    • Consider moving objects from open display to stores.
    • Ensure all internal and external doors are closed and locked.
    • Maintain key control.

    Environment (light and humidity)

    • Reduce light falling on objects. Close shutters and blinds.
    • If you can’t access the building, ensure you switch off any dehumidifiers. If you can access the building, ensure that dehumidifiers are emptied according to a schedule.
    • If heating is being used to maintain humidity, make sure you leave it on at a stable level. Try to prevent big changes in temperature. Heating (particularly electrical) is a fire risk so take all reasonable steps necessary to reduce this risk. Do not use portable heaters/units.

    Emergency Planning

    • Make sure your Emergency Plan is up to date and accurate, particularly your contact list.
    • Unplug unnecessary devices (like laptop chargers) to prevent fires.


    • Only access the building if it’s safe, and as part of an agreed schedule.
    • Remember the risks of lone-working.


    Some ideas for collections development

    • List off your star objects and start that research you’ve been meaning to do.
    • Establish an exhibitions group (if you don’t have one) and bounce ideas off each other.
    • List and plan your dream collections projects. What would you like to see happening over the next 5 years?
    • What about social media? Do you love it or hate it? Think about online activity inspired by your collection, and the (diverse) collections of your audiences.
    • Are you going to collect people’s experiences of COVID-19? If so, how?




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