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

Transportation Tuesday: Jim Crow Era Rail Car at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Recently, the National Museum of African American History installed two of its first objects, though walls are scant and the roof does not yet exist. A 77-ton rail car built in 1918 and used by the Southern Railway was installed … 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

Museum Monday: A Job Description That Helps the Field

Recently, the Dallas Museum of Art has been looking for a Director of Collections Management (go for it!). Anyone who has looked for a museum collection management job knows that our profession suffers from an identity crisis. Job search engines … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Museum-Hater

Do we say “museums are not for everyone” and leave it at that? Or should we have meetings this Monday morning to figure out how our institutions can address visitors with the same opinion as James Durston, senior Producer for … Continue reading

Museum Monday – A Young Patron Gets Critical

This was too good not to share. I work at a large NYC art institution (you can figure out which one). We welcome guests from the neighborhood, across the country, and around the world. I was walking through the gallery … Continue reading