Archive for October, 2012

  • So you’re moving your collection too?

    So you’re moving your collection too?

    The moving team attended the IIC Nordic Group – NKF’s XIX International Conference in Oslo last week. Three days packed with case stories on moving projects in all shapes and sizes, dos and don’ts in pest management and packing, and in general the challenges for museums relocating or rehousing everything from single objects to extensive […]

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  • Team of Queens

    Team of Queens

    A group of eight conservators make up the moving team undertaking the practical work in relocating the collections at the University Museum in Bergen. We are divided in between three fields of conservation and educated from 4 different schools ranging from Sweden to Brazil. The mixture in field, background, experience and expertise strengthens our ability […]

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  • “Key-Boards”


    Some of the first objects that are being moved to the new central storage are a number of chests. The chests vary in size and shape from little manageable handy ones to huge 300+ kg ones. Many of the chests have at least one lock and many of the bigger ones have several locks and […]

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  • De’bug’ing


    In a previous post we wrote about how harmful pests can seriously damage organic objects if they are not prevented from doing so. Museum staff in the past has sometimes used pesticides to prevent insects and other animals from feeding off objects but that’s not practiced today. Conservators use means like preventive conservation and non-toxic […]

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  • Could it be gold??

    Could it be gold??

    As mentioned in an earlier blog the XRF can be used to detect elements. During our XRF course we tried out the XRF on different museum objects. One of the objects was a piece of textile assumed to originate from a medieval dress dating back to the 13th century. The piece of textile was found […]

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  • Danger! Danger! Insects!

    Danger! Danger! Insects!

    There are many dangers that threaten our natural- and cultural artifacts and it’s these dangers that conservators work to prevent. Among them are sunlight, water, heat, mold, insects and rodents. All these elements have a bad influence on objects and make them deteriorate faster. We all know what happens if you leave a colored t-shirt […]

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  • How to XRF

    How to XRF

    This week the conservation department got a handheld X-ray fluorescence analyzer. The XRF NITON XL3t GOLDD+ pistol is to be used for material identification, a nondestructive way of examining metals, heavy metals and plastic components in the materials we will be working with. In the moving project we will investigate the usage of the XRF […]

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