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The premise of this project was to bring ‘Time’ back to the period rooms – to return an authentic a background sound, enabling visitors to further immerse themselves in the Victorian world portrayed.
The suggestions and recommendations made in the audit report will help to ensure a robust and sustainable collections care strategy and practice, which will be proactive, responsive, and able to withstand any future challenges and organisational changes.
The audit concluded that the vast majority of objects were found to be in a good and stable condition with no significant deterioration noted. However, 11 metal objects showed signs of active corrosion and require specialist conservation.
The AIM Pilgrim Trust audit has helped staff prioritise their work and the findings will directly feed into the collections management plan being written this year.
The report and auditor’s visit have confirmed that we had serious problems with fluctuation of temperature and humidity in the storeroom.
The audit process brought into focus the ongoing concerns about deterioration of materials over time and how to mitigate this through careful planning and awareness of how different materials deteriorate at a different pace.
The focus of the audit was for Fairfax House to receive guidance on how best to care for and preserve those items from the Museum’s historic collections which are held in storage.
Central this project has been the rehousing of the wide array of artefacts, ranging from delicate two-thousand-year-old ironwork to exquisite bronze armour and equally fascinating organic remains in state-of-the-art cases with state-of-the-art environmental monitoring. All this is a quantum leap for a small organisation like ours and in this we have been generously supported by the AIM Pilgrim Trust grant.
Menai Heritage accessioned the medallion to be a future attractive item in the display about Stephenson’s Tubular Railway Bridge, but conservation of the head and its wooden surround was a priority.