Preventive conservation Archive

  • October update and other things than moving….

    October update and other things than moving….

    The moving project is very busy and will be even more so when the Natural History Museum closes the 1th of November. When the museum closes for renovation we have to move all the objects out so the builders can get in. November and December will be a busy time, but even though we are […]

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  • Mr. Freeze

    Mr. Freeze

    The new central storage facility is clean and free of pests. To keep it that way, we have to make sure that there are no living pests in the objects we move into the new storage. Pest removal or sanitation can be done in several ways, as was mentioned in a previous post Danger! Danger! Insects!. […]

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  • Under the southern sun

    Under the southern sun

    So last week the natural history conservators on the moving project had an excursion to Barcelona. Not to get a tan, though it was warm and sunny in Spain, but to attend 1st International Conservation Symposium-Workshop for Natural History Collections (A forum in Conservation, Restoration and Preparation).  The symposium lasted for three days, two days […]

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  • Packing the delicates

    Packing the delicates

    Before the Christmas holidays we wrote a little about the packing station and in this post we’ll elaborate on that.   When the objects are registered they move on to the packing station. The goal of this station is to prepare the objects for being moved and frozen on site at the new central storage facility. […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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