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Object handling. Most damage happens when handling objects Minimal handling Good labeling in storage Good description, image of object in database/catalogue Careful planning and handling in exhibition installation / de-installation Transit and loans. Handling guidelines.

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Object handling

Object handling

  • Most damage happens when handling objects

  • Minimal handling

    • Good labeling in storage

    • Good description, image of object in database/catalogue

    • Careful planning and handling in exhibition installation / de-installation

    • Transit and loans

Handling guidelines

Handling guidelines

  • Check condition of object before handling

  • Move one item at a time

  • Do not lift an object over an other

  • Never lift from a protruding part, handle from most stable part

  • Use trolleys, trays, tubs, crates to move from one place to another

  • Have the object properly supported

Guidelines continued

Guidelines continued...

  • Prepare a space to put the item

  • Check the route

  • With heavy, awkward & large objects ask for help

  • Wear gloves to avoid finger marks, grease and sweat from hands

  • If object is slippery and cannot wear gloves use clean hands

Handling tools

Handling tools

Trays crates tubs

Trays, crates, tubs

Pallet jack

Pallet jack



Paper fingers

Paper fingers

Pillow support

Pillow support

Condition reporting

Condition reporting

  • Assess the physical condition of the object

    = how well preserved the object is

  • Description of general condition

  • Extent and location of damage

  • Assess the need for a conservation treatment

When to do a condition report

When to do a condition report?

  • Done as part of accessioning process

  • For items going on exhibition

  • For items going out for loan or coming in for loan

  • For touring exhibitions

Why condition report

Why condition report?

  • Base line to assess whether object has deteriorated over time and how

  • Legally establish the condition of on object when it comes in as loan and is returned

  • Cumulative condition reports for touring exhibitions to identify time/place of damage

Condition of an object may be affected by

Condition of an object may be affected by

  • Inherent factors

    • natural degradation of materials

    • weakness in construction / manufacture process

  • Damage

    • wear and tear

    • accidental damage – chips, dents, tears, rips

    • environment - insects, mold, water, light, humidity

    • transport – poor packing, vibration, sub optimal storage

Condition report how

Condition report – how ?

  • Describe condition in standard terms or plain clear English

  • Photograph the object both front and back - mark damage on overlay it & date

  • Start from general and proceed to details

  • Describe type, location and extent/size of damage

Type of damage

Type of damage

  • Any breaks, chips, dents, gouges, flaking, separating of layers, peeling etc.

  • Marks, soiling, accretions etc.

Location and extent size of damage

Location and extent/size of damage

  • Location of damage

    • 2-dimensional objects (paper, photographs, paintings) – zones or quadrants

    • 3 dimensional objects – parts, zones

  • Extent of damage

    • Scattered = random, in spots or patches

    • General/overall = more extensive, over the entire object

  • Size of the damage

    • Extensive >marked>moderate>slight/minor>negligible

    • Measure the size of damage eg. diameter of largest spots

Describe also

Describe also

  • Any treatments, additions, changes made to object

  • Possible need for a treatment

Examining the object

Examining the object

  • Unhurried, gather all equipment

  • Clean, uncluttered, well lit area

  • Padded surface to avoid accidental damage

  • Use pencil to take notes

  • Use cloth measuring tape, not metal one

  • Wear gloves, remove jewellery

  • Te Papa National Services Resource Guide

    • ‘Condition reporting’

Writing up the report

Writing up the report

  • Identifying number – accession number

  • Brief description of object

  • Measurements

  • Examiner’s name and date

  • Object composition

  • Types of damage

  • Extent of damage

  • Location of damage

  • Previous repairs

  • Draw or photograph (scale and date)

    Remember to date and sign

Sample condition report

Sample condition report

Making overlays

Making overlays

Condition reporting exercise

Condition reporting exercise

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