Mannequins, mounts and museums cost effective ways of. Mountmaking for museum objects june 1998 edition open. All mounts for artifacts that are going on display need to be well enough made that they are not ugly or obtrusive. The observers eye acknowledges the mount but does not concentrate on it. Objects specialty group postprints objects specialty group. Presented is a digitised edition of conservation and care of collections. Mountmaking for museum objects 2002 edition open library. Mannequins, mounts and museums cost effective ways of displaying your collection where to begin 1. Essential functions direct the preparation and installation of exhibits, including the installation of art objects, integration of graphics, media, and lighting, and overall gallery finishout. Mountmaking for museum objects request pdf researchgate. Corcoran exhibition design cex university bulletin the. This conserveogram provides information on how to create an acrylic restraining shelf to mitigate against damage of objects from seismic activity. This updated version provides an indepth range of information for both institutions and individuals caring for collections.
Materials and supplies that can protect your museum. Ethafoam is a durable, flexible, closedcell foam with a variety of conservation applications for display and storage of your most valuable collections. This includes both elders and children, who may be more easily affected by the contaminants reigart 1999. Barclay, june 1998, canadian conservation inst edition, spiralbound in english 2 spi edition. Brand product name newest products priced low to high priced high to low best sellers product status. The original text was compiled by the wa museums department of materials conservation in 1998, edited by ian godfrey and david gilroy. Request pdf on oct 1, 2001, robert barclay and others published mountmaking for museum objects find, read and cite all the research you need on researchgate. The process of making discrete but secure mounts can.
We maintain contact with a quorum of museum conservators and mount makers, to insure our training remains instep with current museum practice. In this case, the window mat is cut larger than the object, and the strips are visible across the image. Exhibit mounting variations for objects on paper national park. Principles of preservation and conservation of cultural heritage spring 2017 monday 2. I always focused on the object or the label or the overall feel of the exhibition. There is no single object mounting material solution, which is best for all art museum or art objects. Conside of r rotating vulnerable objects, substituting alternate objects, or using reproductions. International council of museums international committee. Efforts may include advanced and more complex approaches such as base isolators for each object or case in a museum building. Our mount makers are familiar with a full range of mount making practices, from pinning small delicate ancient art objects, to designing and fabricating large structural mounts. A safe and secure mount should support its object without causing damage, but also protect the object while on display. Use ligninfree, buffered or alkalinereserve mounting materials ph 8 to 8. During the 1978 cidoc meeting in julita, sweden, a set of minimum information categories for museum objects was discussed.
Apr 22, 2016 mount making for museum objects russell jackson. Students work independently towards a final written paper and presentation, along with a physical example of mount making techniques. Mountmaking for museum objects ontario museum association. Corcoran exhibition design cex university bulletin. Exhibit conservation focuses on practical techniques that protect museum. Design, fabricate and install mounts for approx artifacts including firearms, uniforms, documents, and ethnographic objects. To most people this probably seems like a pretty straightforward endeavor. The user will bend the wires to custom fit their particular art object.
What is considered museum quality for storage equipment, containers and materials. Back to main catalogs page back to preventiveconservationpage back to mountmaking page. Maintains objects and materials in accordance with artifact collections management policy and strategic collections plan. Brass it doesnt require too many special tools to work with, for example, it can be cut with a standard band saw and is easy to drill and tap. A good display mount is first functional, and then as unobtrusive as possible.
Perhaps the most important part of any exhibit are the objects themselves. Window mats for paper objects conserveogram 1 an adobe pdf file. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. A variety of approaches to mount making can protect objects. The science learning division of the science museum of minnesota undertook the herculean task of packing and moving the museums collections. Museum exhibits come to life by the beautiful display of objects. The science learning division of the science museum of minnesota undertook the herculean. The museum preparator will also be responsible for all gallery and exhibition lighting in accordance to industry standards. Mountmaking for museum objects royal ontario museum. For those objects that need to travel we provide tailor made antivibration packing cases which dramatically reduces the chance of breakages whilst in transit. Stock artifact display armatures are designed after armatures that are used in custom art mounting. A significant percentage of the objects that are selected for inclusion in museum exhibitions require brackets to hold them in place while they are on view. Changes to properties over time the longterm qualities or properties of most products vary, especially those composed of organic materials.
Barclay, andre bergeron, carole dignard, carl schlichting isbn. One of the most indispensible steps in the exhibit development process is designing and constructing these often oneofakind support structures. African american family life on southern farms readings on reserve. Products used in preventive conservation technical. There is nothing quite so distracting to a small mounted artifact than a crudely finished plexiglas base. We offer up to 1 week artifact mount making workshops at your institution which include all of the methods covered in this website. Topics covered include reasons for creating mounts, recommended stable materials, tips on choosing materials, the working properties of materials, and methods for measuring artifacts. They serve a variety of objects collections, historic documents and photograph collections. Topics covered include reasons for creating mounts, recommended stable materials, tips on choosing materials, the working properties of. You can visit thisand many, many other incredible objectsat the new national museum of african american history and culture. How many textile items do you have in your collection and how many are going to. The ontario museum association oma acknowledges that our office located in toronto has been a site of human activity for over 15,000 years.
For more details on these issues, consult the cci resource mountmaking for museum objects barclay et al. The mount must secure objects that are displayed in the open to be reasonably safe from theft. This section presents key aspects of managing the care of natural history specimens in heritage collections based on the principles of preventive conservation and risk management. In this blended learning course, each student combines a research project investigating mount making techniques and their relationship with museum standards for conservation and art handling with handson experience in brass mountmaking. Robert barclay, andre bergeron, carole dignard 1998 exhibits museum and art gallery lighting. Providing quality mount making and installation services for museums and private collectors for more than thirty years. Bendable armatures and mounts to display your art, artifacts, and collectibles. We provide the following services for collections, museums, and galleries. It never crossed my mind what went behind taking a delicate object and suspending inside of a glass case. Choose from conservation dress forms, hat mounts, head mounts, and complete male and female forms made from inert ethafoam. Students also participate in handson workshop component to learn the basics of brass mountmaking for museum objects and artifacts. Students also participate in handson workshop component to learn the basics of brass mount making for museum objects and artifacts.
A full list of mountmaking supply sources is also available to download as a pdf. It is imperative that the bracket not alter the object in any way, and that the materials be. Caring for natural history collections is part of ccis preventive conservation guidelines for collections online resource. They are made like the basic starting point of a custom armature. Although acrylic is often the preferred choice of material for mounting museum objects, the thickness of acrylic required to support a tiara was found to be obtrusive, and. Mounting artifacts in a museum exhibit november 15, 20 collections mike messina before i worked in the exhibits department of a museum, i had never even considered how objects and artifacts in museums were presented. The exhibition of cultural heritage objects is a practice used by organizations where collected objects are put on display to the public.
Stresses and strains in isolated areas can quickly become permanent and. When possible, use a reproduction to demonstrate the function of an object. Strategies for exhibit development parman and flowers, exhibit makeovers. How to make a simple object mount using foam board. Request pdf on oct 1, 2001, robert barclay and others published mount making for museum objects find, read and cite all the research you need on. In order to construct mounts, you need to be familiar with basic hand tools and how to use them. Mount making workshops artifact mounting solutions. Here are some criteria to think about when choosing and presenting objects in your exhibit. Assessing the collection and its storage needs how do i assess the collection.
Products used in preventive conservation technical bulletin. Object mounting mount making mount makers art mounts. Artifact mount making a primary attraction that interpretive exhibits have for the public is the opportunity to experience artifacts displayed within the context of a larger story. The original text was compiled by the wa museum s department of materials conservation in 1998, edited by ian godfrey and david gilroy.
Hurt, african american life in the rural south houtgraaf and vitali, mastering a museum plan. Before i worked in the exhibits department of a museum, i had never even considered how objects and artifacts in museums were presented. To mount photographs, use neutral ph 7, ligninfree mat boards and papers. Providing quality mount making and installation services for museums, libraries, dealers and private collectors for over. Defying gravity with magnetism gwen spicer mountmaking for. Those objects and materials, however, are subject to the quarantine and inspection. One of the most indispensible steps in the exhibit development process is designing and constructing these often oneofakind support structures, which vary widely in size and complexity. Often the display mounts in a museum will be made with the material which is most familiar to the staff member responsible. These acidfree boxes are available from museum supply vendors in a variety of sizes, widths and depths. Susceptible objects should not be subjected to creasing and folding or deformation by the placement of heavy objects directly on tip of them. Barrier materials, such as mylar, should separate objects from potential damage, such as painted surfaces. Participants must bring their own objects for mounting. Exhibits mountmaking for museum objects, second ed.
Additional and related products include tools, gloves, covering materials as well as finished products created using various forms of ethafoam. Florentine iesna 1996 exhibits planning for people in museum exhibitions kathleen mclean 1993 exhibits registration methods for the small museum, fourth ed. These boxes come with lids some attached, some loose. The objects are carefully chosen and placed together to offer educational value, and often to tell a story. Objects are also routinely handled during traditional museum practices such as conservation treatment, mountmaking, and research. Ensure cultural considerations for collections preservation. Finally, a welldesigned mount should not distract from the display of its artifact. Chenhall and peter homulos presented a proposal setting out 16 general categories designed to identify an object, record the history of its ownership and use, and provide. How to make a threaded anchor for mounting artifacts. When the material is used in larger mounts, it can add a noticeable amount weight to the mountobject assembly. Dec 15, 2016 in 2014 the national museum of african american history and culture acquired kenya robinsons sculpture commemorative headdress of her journey beyond heaven. An affordable, museum quality, line of customizable forms for the display of vintage clothing is also offered. Also, mount construction should incorporate the proper materials.
Provides conservation guidelines for exhibitions and actively assists in installation, which may include mount making and gallery preparation. Allow enough time and resources to safely prepare, mount, install, or replicate exhibit objects. Mounts for an exhibit at the national museum of natural history, entitled going to sea. Sadly, this is my final post on the museum blog for disobedient objects but before i move on to new adventures, id like to give you a little glimpse into more of the behindthescenes work involved in the run up to disobedient objects. Canadian conservation institute, 2002 michael belcher, exhibitions in. How these artifacts are mounted and displayed are consequently a key consideration during the cms fabrication process. Mountmaking for museum objects by robert barclay, andre. Packing, moving and shipping american alliance of museums. Mountmaking is the process we use to address issues of stability, support, and positioning, with artistry, engineering, and conservation knowledge. A set of conservation guidelines for exhibitions resources. Organizations that collect cultural heritage objects, such as museums, tend to focus on the identification, display and interpretation of what they.
Artist makes something, museum acquires it, museum displays it, and then visitors reap the rewards. Simon, the participatory museum tolnay, the bottom rung. Students research mount making techniques that reflect. Barclay, mount making for museum objects recommended background reading. In this blended learning course, each student combines a research project investigating mount making techniques and their relationship with museum standards for conservation and art handling with handson experience in brass mount making. I am going to focus a little bit into two very simple mounts i made prior to the shows opening last month. Your theme and interpretation should help you to choose these objects, but invariably not all of them will be or should be in the exhibit itself. Providing quality mount making and installation services for museums, libraries, dealers and private collectors for over thirty years. Although acrylic is often the preferred choice of material for mounting museum objects, the thickness of acrylic required to support a tiara was found to be obtrusive, and its reflective, light channelling properties were distracting. Students will work independently and collaboratively to develop skills in visualmaterial analysis. Mountmaking for museum objects by robert barclay, andre bergeron and carle. Fragile objects, including all textiles, should be supported over a great an area as practical. Stress is the force applied to an object whereas strain is the change in shape of the object.1219 202 822 799 1111 875 1086 1357 1117 175 267 1214 562 1258 1153 105 339 1401 1386 580 1384 700 213 418 13 1495 695 161 508 1401 430 598 606 1438