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Friday, May 30 • 4:15pm - 4:30pm
(Case Studies in Sustainable Collection Care Session) Boxes inside of Boxes: Preventative Conservation Practices

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Chemical treatments are an inevitable part of conservation practices. However, stabilization of an object is also achieved through other methods. By making the conscientious choice to pursue these avenues, conservators have the ability to protect cultural heritage as well as the environment. Preventative conservation often involves creative and critical thinking about an assemblage or individual object. Climate control and in situ conservation are two of the best known examples. Custom housing used on a daily basis is not always considered a part of preventative conservation, rather as a means of storage. This paper will explore the use of custom housing at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum as an avenue of preventative conservation in concert with climate control.


Robin Croskery Howard

Objects Conservator, North Carolina Museum of History
Robin P. Croskery Howard is the Objects Conservator for the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Reservation in Southern Florida. She is currently finishing her Master’s Degree in Maritime Studies, with a concentration in the conservation of waterlogged material objects... Read More →

Friday May 30, 2014 4:15pm - 4:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom A