Museum Monday: Off to Miami! American Institute for Conservation’s Annual Meeting

I’m headed to Miami for the American Institute for Conservation’s Annual Meeting. I look forward to seeing friends and hearing about the hard work they have been doing in preserving our cultural heritage. I’ll be seeing a lot of the … Continue reading

Five Projects You Can Fund with a NEH Preservation Assistance Grant

Six months. That’s the amount of time you have to think about what a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) can do for your institution. Designed for small to mid-sized institutions, these awards of up to $6000 are perfect … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Why Set Collections Priorities for Emergencies? How to Get Started

Ready NYC has named their family emergency preparedness campaign “Winging it is not an emergency plan.” This may resonate with you if you have ever promoted an emergency preparedness effort, only to be told “each emergency is different. We can’t figure out … Continue reading

National Maritime Grants Available

Deadline September 23, 2014 Maritime museums can get a real boost this year from $1.7 million available through the Maritime Heritage Program. The total grant amount over the next four years is $7 million. How, during these straightened times, did … Continue reading

Museum Monday: New Frontiers

This month I begin a new venture: developing a preservation and emergency consulting practice. You can visit my new website at www.rebeccafifieldpreservation.com. I’ve largely been an institutional creature up to this point in my career. I crave process and figuring out systems … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Ten Things in the Indiana State Museum’s Video that Make Me Happy

What makes me happy when I watch the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Happy video? See it here! Double-sided side truck Not one, but two fume hoods Heritage Preservation’s Emergency Salvage and Response Wheel Labeled archive boxes Blackout/dust covers … Continue reading

Museum Monday Must-Haves: Dusting Brushes

Many objects are displayed in the open due to their size or preferred presentation. Occasional accumulation of dust is inevitable. So, how do you remove it? The days of dust rags and feather dusters in museum settings *should* be over. … Continue reading

Museum Monday Must-Haves: Chemical Sponges

What should you have on hand to recover objects from a fire? Chemical sponges! After you’ve vacuumed the friable debris from an object damaged with soot, try chemical sponges on hard-surfaced objects. These tacky sponges can pick up the greasy … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Collection Care’s Identity Crisis

You might have had it happen. You are working in the gallery, grimacing at the amount of dust that’s built up, gently stroking a brush across an object’s surface with vacuum in hand, and a well-meaning supporter or visitor mouths … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Interest in Collections Managers Continues. Why?

My post from last year,  “What Is A Collections Manager?” is, by far, the post for which I get the most views. It is read at rates almost twice that of the next most popular post, which is on assembling Downton Abbey … Continue reading