Collection Preservation

Mestrado em Conservação e Restauro, Publication in the Diário da República - Despacho nº 9982/2016 - 05/08/2016

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Be familiar with the socio-cultural, technological and scientific context of cultural property.
Apply concepts, standards and methodologies on the preservation of collections
Develop integrated risk management skills
Create integrated preservation plans based on monitoring and control.


1. Preservation and Conservation Collections
1.1. Concepts
2. Principals types of collections
2.1. General
2.2. Specialized

3. Types of Museum Structures
3.1. Characteristics of buildings
3.2. Related aspects with geographic implantation

4. Current status of Collections Preservation
4.1. Strategy for collections preservation
4.1.1. Continuous specialized training of human resources in museums ? Technical, vigilant, support staff, maintenance and security
4.1.2. Initial / continuous training of human resources
4.1.3. Initial / continuous training of the volunteer staff
4.1.4. Information and support available to visitors

1. Risk Assessment
1.1. Physical and Social Geography
1.2. Urban Space and Surround Building
1.3. Building and Interior Spaces
1.4. Collections - Type, characteristics and conservation condition
1.5. Agents of deterioration Physics, Chemistry, Biological
1.5.1. Water, Fire and Air
1.5.2. Temperature, Relative Humidity
1.5.3. Radiation: Type and Lighting Source
1.5.4. External and internal contaminants - Gases and particles
1.5.5. Plant and Animal harmful, Pests and Plagues
1.6. Human action
1.6.1. Theft, vandalism and displacement
1.7. Natural Disasters and Catastrophes

2. Establishment of Integrated Preservation Plan

3. Specialized or Sectorial Plans
3.1. Environmental monitoring and control
3.2. Hygiene and infestations monitoring and control
3.3. Security (passive/active) monitoring and control
3.3.1. Contingency Plan Simulations with the security forces, civil protection and fire department
3.3.2. Emergency Plan

4. Maintenance of Technical Support and Security Systems

5. Hygiene of Museum Spaces and the Building Surrounding

6. Hygiene collections - Specializing in Objects Type
6.1. Cleaning
6.2. Immunization / disinfestation

7. Handling, Displacement and Internal Circulation of Cultural Assets
7.1. Techniques and Auxiliary Devices
7.1.1. The base structure of the object ? fixed and removable components

8. Objects Packaging and Storage on Exhibition and Reserve
8.1. Materials, techniques and conditioning methods
8.2. Devices and storage techniques in technical reserves
8.3. The base structure of the object ? fixed and removable components

9. Packaging, Transport and External Circulation of Cultural Assets
9.1. Material types and packaging techniques
9.1.1. Care with constituents removable components
9.2. Transport and external circulation / transit
9.2.1. Displacement and charging ? support devices
9.2.2. Rules and guarantees for the transport and circulation The Condition Report / Conservation Condition The Cultural Property Courier
9.2.3. Transportation means Definition of main trafficking routes and alternative routes
9.2.4. Passive and active safety during transport and circulation

10. Installation of Exhibition
10.1. Display materials and techniques
10.1.1. Care with demountable elements
10.1.2. Type of display devices and care to ensure
10.1.3. Environmental monitoring and control (In the room and the display cases).

Evaluation Methodology
Integrated Assessment and Weighting
Theoretical/written essays:
-Research work (60%)
-Public Presentation of the Research Work (20%)
-Multimedia File containing the presentation (20%).

- ASLHEY-SMITH, J. (1999). Risk Assessment for Object Conservation. (Vol. 1). London: Butterworth-Heinemann
- THOMSON, G. (1986). The Museum Environment. (Vol. 1). London: Butterworth-Heinemann
- SCHAFFER, T. (2001). Effects of Light on Materials in Collections: Data on photoflash and related sources. (Vol. 1). New York: The Getty Conservation Institute
- WALLER, R. (2003). Cultural Property Risk Analysis Model. (Vol. 1). Goteborg: Universitatis Gothoburgensis

Method of interaction
Expository lessons;
Theoretical and practical lessons including debates and critical analysis supported by audiovisual resources;
Tutorials including pedagogical, technical and scientific support;
Presentation of research papers of the students.

Software used in class
Not applicable.