Displaying and storing objects
A continuous task within the Museum is to update the storage and display of objects. The ultimate goal is that all materials in contact with objects should always be archival or conservation quality materials. “Archival” or “conservation” quality refers to materials that are physically durable and chemically stable. Several types of plastics and fabrics fall into this category. Such items are said to be “inert,” as they do not release degradation products that can be harmful to collections. These materials should be used whenever possible to ensure the safety and stability of museum collections in storage, exhibit, but also transport.
A basic rule to follow is that the mount made for an object should always be softer than the object. It should not scratch, abrade or otherwise damage the object. Objects need to be secured so they do not rattle in boxes or fall off mounts.