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Subject: Selecting materials for display and storage

Selecting materials for display and storage

From: Gina Drummond <gina.drummond>
Date: Thursday, April 4, 1996
Over the last few weeks, there have been several questions about
selecting materials for display and storage.  In May 1995, IIC-CG
(International Institute for Conservation-Canadian Group) ran a
workshop titled "Conservationally Correct": Realities and
Innovations for Exhibitions where an excellent session was conducted
by Jean Tetreault, Conservation scientist, Canadian Conservation
Institute, on selecting materials for exhibition and storage.

All of the information from this workshop (which also included
upgrading display cases, lighting issues, security issues, mount
fabrication, and the selection of textiles for display) was included
in a workbook.

Articles written by Jean and reprinted in this workbook are:

    Display Materials: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (from The
    Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration (SSCR)
    Exhibition and Conservation Preprint, Edinburgh 21-22 April
    1994.

    Materials of Construction, Materials of Destruction (translated
    from "Materiaux de construction, materiaux de destruction,"
    Postprint of 3rd Colloque international de l'association des
    restaurateurs d'art et d'archeologie de formation
    universitaire:la conservation preventive, Paris
    (1992),pp.163-176).

    Guidelines or Selecting Materials for Exhibit, Storage and
    Transport by Jean Tetreault and Scott Williams. 1993. Canadian
    Conservation Institute.

These articles include information about volatile emissions and
their control as well as presenting safer options when selecting
wood; coatings - paints, varnishes, stains; paper and cardboard;
plastics; foams; sealants; textiles; adhesives and tapes; wires and
tubes; and pesticides.  The articles also contain good references to
the conservation literature available.

The address for CCI is:

    Canadian Conservation Institute
    Department of Communications
    Government of Canada
    1030 Innes Road
    Ottawa (Ontario)
    Canada, K1A 0C8

The conference also contained a number of very useful papers about
exhibition issues. The abstracts for the conference are available
from:

    IIC-CG
    PO Box 9195
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada K1G 3T9

Gina Drummond
Australian War Memorial

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