When Less is All You Got!

Budget-conscious solutions to protect collections on display and in storage.

In an ideal world, all buildings that house and display collections would have purpose-designed environmental control systems that work, enclosed display cases, chemically-neutral storage and display cases and containers, and enough trained staff to care for collections. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

The first part of the webinar will illustrate the diagnostic effects of the lack of environmental controls, and will discuss budget-conscious solutions to protect collections on display and in storage. The second part will deal with proper storage and display conditions so that objects can weather minor disruptions. If you don’t have ideal storage and display conditions, you need to have regularly updated priority lists of objects (in order of vulnerability) to check during/after an environmental failure or change.

Date/Time: April 21st, 2015, 2-3:30 EDT

Featured Speakers:

  • Lisa Mibach is a conservator, specialization in objects, collection surveys, and training. She received accreditation in 1972 from the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators. She has extensive experience in treatment, interpretation and display of fine decorative arts, historic, and ethnographic objects. Specialized in the integration of traditional Aboriginal care and museum requirements, and the development of Aboriginal heritage centers. Ms. Mibach has completed facility reviews, consultation and training in preventive conservation planning for sixty-four cultural institutions, and for government, corporate and private collectors.
  • Ernest A. Conrad’s greatest contribution to the preservation field was the development of environmental guidelines for engineers who work on museums, libraries and archives. For over 20 years, Mr. Conrad has focused on environmental issues. He is president of Conrad Engineers and Past Founder of Landmark Facilities Group, Inc., an engineering firm specializing in environmental systems for museums, libraries, archives and historic facilities. Mr. Conrad is a licensed mechanical engineer in several states. Mr. Conrad recently co-authored the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.) Applications Handbook “Chapter 20: Museums, Libraries and Archives” part of the national standards in the areas of HVAC and refrigeration.

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