Conservation: We Can Be The Culture of Yes

Originally published at rebeccafifieldpreservation.com When it comes to risk in a museum, library, or archive, what is worth it? What isn’t? How do we assess and mitigate collection risks and outreach strategies so that the institution’s stakeholders may benefit from access … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Developing Staff Resources for Managing Collections

My colleague and friend Rob Waller of Protect Heritage Corp. recently sent me a book he collaborated on in 1996, Developing Staff Resources for Managing Collections. It examines institutional responsibilities to protect its collections through development of staff and how … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Who Makes Collections Care Happen?

Who Makes Collections Care Happen? Easy. Technicians dust artwork. But that’s a little simplistic view of both the work of  a valuable, skilled technician, and collections care. Conservators make collections care happen! They study scientific reasons for deterioration and design … Continue reading

Museum Monday – The Online Collections Database at The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

I was doing collections research related to my runaway servant clothing project and took a look at online collections database for The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. I’m a museum collections manager by training and I manage data for collections at … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Hygrothermographs for the Layman

What is that box with all the dials sitting in the corner of the gallery? Chances are, it’s a hygrothermograph. It’s a device that tracks temperature and relative humidity over time. Museum staff use it to understand the environment in … Continue reading

A Moment for Dress – A Block Printed Round Gown

When you work with a collection for any length of time, (while this may sound hokey) the objects become like old friends. This round gown is one of mine. When I was working at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, … Continue reading