Managing Conservation in Museums

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Routledge, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 258 pages
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Explaining and critically reviewing management procedures such as performance indicators and strategic planning, this book shows how techniques from mainstream management can be used to facilitate a holistic and professional approach to the business of conservation and collection preservation. It offers practical guidance on strategy, quantitative planning and condition surveying, and presents many solutions to the challenges faced by museum staff and conservation specialists.
This new edition takes into account changes such as the arrival of the Heritage Lottery Fund, policies for access and the growing convergence of museums, libraries and archives. It also highlights the advent of digital collections and the use of information and communications technology.

* Learn about professional management information techniques and how to apply them to the preservation of collections
* Covers the latest issues in conservation management, including information on digital collections, to give readers a full understanding of the subject
* An ideal reference which demystifies the issue of 'management'
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Museums collections and people
12
3 Management and information
32
quantitative planning
48
options and priorities
63
6 A systems view of museums
79
7 The preservation system
97
8 Preservation
114
9 Collections condition
139
10 Direction and strategy
172
11 Planning and monitoring work
195
12 Conservation and digitization
215
13 Future present past
239
Index
251
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Suzanne Keene was Head of Collections Management, Science Museum, London until becoming an independent consultant and lecturer.

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