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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
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

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