AAM Legal: You Ask, Experts Answer
Sunday, May 7, 1-2:15 p.m.
We all have questions about collections that require advice from experts in highly specialized areas. Sometimes, finding the right expert is difficult. Ask questions on a variety of topics related to antiquities, provenance research, deaccessioning, and insurance. Hear what experts have to say in response to your questions and those of your colleagues.
Getting Started on Collections Documentation and Photography
Monday, May 8, 8:45-10 a.m.
Not only does photographic documentation mitigate risk by reducing the need for object handling, it also provides opportunities to increase the accessibility of your collection. To get the most out of your photography, you need to understand how to take a picture of an object. Lights and cameras are basic starting points, but there are many other aspects to consider. This presentation will cover different types of collection documentation, looking at the methods behind collection documentation and tips for implementing them yourself.
You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Inconsistent RH
Monday, May 8, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
The Museum of History and Industry’s (MOHAI) library and textile storage were experiencing elevated RH levels in spring and fall, and extremely low RH during Seattle’s rainy winters. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, MOHAI worked with the Image Permanence Institute to solve the mystery and develop a strategy to achieve an appropriate and sustainable preservation environment for the collection. This session explores this HVAC puzzle, common to many museums, through the varying perspectives of mechanical equipment, facilities, conservation, and collections experts.
Unpacking Museum Storage: Working Spaces of Preservation
Tuesday, May 9, 8:45-10 a.m.
As museums are under growing pressure to display more of their collection, and as collections continue to expand, storage facilities become active working spaces that are more than a repository. This session will explore the logistical, financial, and staffing challenges that go along with this new model for storage, along with creative ways that collections managers are addressing institutional demands. The presenters will examine how transforming storage areas into dynamic spaces can reap a host of benefits for an institution’s goals.
When Your Collections Get In the Way
Tuesday, May 9, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Museums, and especially historic houses, have limited physical space but endless demands for increased programming. What happens when the demands of the event threatens the safety of the collection? Hear from three historic houses about how they balance successful events with collections care. From a holiday market that attracts thousands of visitors to themed tours to an actual battle reenactment that takes place inside the house, learn the tips and tricks that these sites have developed for increasing public engagement and access while also protecting the collection.
Tuesday, May 9, 1:30-2 p.m.
The demolition of a nearby building forced the Penn Museum to undergo gallery and storage modifications with minimal prep time. This case study examines how the museum worked with nearby institutions and experts to create an action plan, moving its iconic Egyptian collection off-site and deinstalling some of its largest pieces in less than 18 months. The team tackled the time-sensitive project by utilizing new technology and a modular packing system, and by maintaining regular access to storage for collections and research staff.
Putting NAGPRA into Practice: Challenges and Successes
Wednesday, May 10, 9:45-11 a.m.
After more than 25 years, NAGPRA compliance and implementation continues to be a challenging but rewarding part of collections and museum management. NAGPRA specialists from diverse settings will engage attendees in an interactive discussion about the challenges and successes they have experienced putting NAGPRA into practice. Learn how the National NAGPRA Program can help your institution embrace this legislation and further inclusion in the field.