museums

Cleaning Baskets [Tutorial]

In this video, Nicole Grabow, Objects Conservator at the Midwest Art Conservation Center, provides a demonstration of a conservation technique for cleaning baskets. Some of the topics covered include: assessing the conditions of baskets, evaluating if baskets needs cleaning, use of brushes, handling baskets, and the materials needed for cleaning of baskets. This tutorial supplements Grabow’s session “Cleaning and Mending Baskets,” given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Folding Garments for Housing Collections [Tutorial]

In this video, Susan Heald, Textile Conservator at the National Museum of the American Indian, demonstrates how to fold garments for flat housing in collections. Heald discusses the materials needed to fold garments, how to set up a garment before folding it, and how to build padding to help in the folding process. This tutorial was recorded at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 10-13, 2016.

How to Build a Sink Mat for Preserving Photographs [Tutorial]

In this video, Amanda Maloney, Associate Photograph and Paper Conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center, provides a detailed demonstration on how to build a sink mat for preserving photographs. Maloney reviews the materials needed and steps to build the sink mat, and offers a couple of options on how to safely take the photographs out of the sink mat. This tutorial supplements the session, "Best Practices and Practical Solutions for Storing and Exhibiting Photographs" given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Museum Core Documents: Emergency Plan

In this video, Julie Hart, Senior Director of Museum Standards & Excellence at the American Alliance of Museums, provides an overview of one of the five core documents for museums: the Emergency Plan. Hart discusses what an emergency or disaster plan is, why it is important, the benefits of having an emergency plan in place, and the required elements for writing an effective emergency plan. This video supplements the session, "The Core Documents Your Museum Needs (Part 2 and 2)" given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Museum Core Documents: Mission Statement

In this video, Julie Hart, Senior Director of Museum Standards & Excellence at the American Alliance of Museums, provides an overview of one of the five core documents for museums: the Mission Statement. Hart discusses what a mission statement is, why it is important, the benefits of having a mission statement in place, and the required elements for writing an effective mission statement. This video supplements the session, "The Core Documents Your Museum Needs (Part 1 and 2)" given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Museum Core Documents: Code of Ethics

In this video, Julie Hart, Senior Director of Museum Standards & Excellence at the American Alliance of Museums, provides an overview of one of the five core documents for museums: the Code of Ethics. Hart discusses what a code of ethics is, why it is important, the benefits of having a code of ethics in place, the required elements for a code of ethics, and the ethical issues an institution might encounter. This video supplements the session, "The Core Documents Your Museum Needs (Part 1 and 2)" given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Museum Core Documents: Strategic Plan

In this video, Julie Hart, Senior Director of Museum Standards & Excellence at the American Alliance of Museums, provides an overview of one of the five core documents for museums: the Strategic Plan. Hart discusses what a strategic plan is, why it is important, the benefits of having a strategic plan in place, and the required elements for writing an effective strategic plan. This video supplements the session, "The Core Documents Your Museum Needs (Part 1 and 2)" given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Museum Core Documents: Collections Management Policy

In this video, Julie Hart, Senior Director of Museum Standards & Excellence at the American Alliance of Museums, provides an overview of one of the five core documents for museums: the Collections Management Policy. Hart discusses what a collections management policy is, why it is important, the benefits of having a collections management policy in place, and the required elements for writing an effective collections management policy. This video supplements the session, "The Core Documents Your Museum Needs (Part 2 and 2)" given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Soft Storage and Packing: Polystyerene

In this video, Marilen Pool, Project Conservator at the Arizona State Museum, discusses why polystyerene foam and hard plastic – both commonly available products – are not the best materials to use in a museum collection. This tutorial supplements the session “Materials for Soft Storage and Packing” given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Soft Storage and Packing: Muslin

In this video, Gina Watkinson, Laboratory Coordinator at the Arizona State Museum, discusses the use of muslin fabric in museum collections for storage and packing. Some of the topics covered include: how to make pillows, inserts and cavity cuts with muslin, how to wash muslin, and how to use muslin as a cover for garments and other objects. This tutorial supplements the session “Materials for Soft Storage and Packing” given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.