How do I protect items on display?

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Posted by Conservation Answers(Questions:33:Answers28)
Answered On 25 February, 2014 12:22 am

When items are on display they are exposed to a number of risks that are not present in the storage area. The environmental factors we discussed in the topic of Museum Environment are all relevant for display. Consider reviewing that topic now, if it has been some time since you last logged on.

All items need to be adequately supported when in storage or on display. Merely propping an object up to get the required angle for display can lead to severe damage.

As well as providing adequate support, it is important to protect items from damage that can result from people touching the exhibits. In order to prevent this type of damage:

  • let people know what can be safely touched and what cannot
  • talk to your visitors
  • use signs and display labels
  • use your display furniture to protect vulnerable items
    Barriers help protect vulnerable items

    Barriers help protect vulnerable items

  • use display cases/cabinets to protect items from inappropriate handling and casual theft
    A display case helps prevent theft and inappropriate handling

    A display case helps prevent theft and inappropriate handling

  • use plinths and barriers to offer protection to objects that cannot easily be displayed in cases
    Plinth discourages accidental or deliberate touching

    Plinth discourages accidental or deliberate touching

  • guard against theft through direct observation and other means
  • consider offering visitors the opportunity to cloak their large items, if you have the facility. This is partly for the visitor's convenience but also minimises the risk of accidental damage or theft
    Cloaking personal items reduces accidental damage or theft

    Cloaking personal items reduces accidental damage or theft

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