ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS

   In the list below, you will find articles and publications on energy consumption, sustainable practice in museums and collections management to name a few. The research belongs to those credited.

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AICCM Environmental Guidelines

AICCM endorses the following environmental guidelines for the care of cultural heritage collections. Temperature and Relative Humidity (RH) parameters for preservation of cultural heritage collections will differ according to material, construction and condition. A constant environment within the given parameters is generally acceptable for most objects in stable condition.

Museum Activism

Only a decade ago, the notion that museums, galleries and heritage organisations might engage in activist practice, with explicit intent to act upon inequalities, injustices and environmental crises, was met with scepticism and often derision. Seeking to purposefully bring about social change was viewed by many within and beyond the museum community as inappropriately political and antithetical to fundamental professional values. Today, although the idea remains controversial, the way we think about the roles and responsibilities of museums as knowledge based, social institutions is changing. Museum Activism examines the increasing significance of this activist trend in thinking and practice.

How Renewables Work: A Practical Guide to Solar, Wind, and Geothermal, by Climate Reality Project

Around the world, cities, states, countries, and companies (and people just like you!) are making the switch to clean, renewable energy to help confront climate change – and because it just makes good economic sense.

Everywhere you look, the clean energy revolution is underway. But have you ever stopped to think, how exactly do these technologies really work?

Museums and climate change activism, by Robert R. Janes

An article by a member of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice. 

Article was originally published in The Beam #6

The Green Challenge: Incorporating Sustainable Practices and Materials into Collections Care, By Christian Hernandez

Sustainable Museums: Strategies for the 21st Century, by Rachel Madan

How can museums remain resilient in uncertain times? How can they thrive under changing economic, legislative and cultural conditions? In Sustainable Museums: Strategies for the 21st Century, museum sustainability expert Rachel Madan covers new territory for any museum that is interested in becoming more sustainable. This is not a book about changing light bulbs... Sustainable Museums provides a system enabling you to start making changes that are both transformational and lasting. It will help you create a museum that is resilient, confident and secure in its sustainability approach. (And as well as lots of advice, it provides a host of international case studies along the way.

Interesting book about sustainability philosophy and practises.

Sustainable Museums Blogspot, by Sarah Sutton

Sarah Sutton's Blog on strategies for museums committed to fostering environmental sustainability, responding to Climate Change, and supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The art of going green in the museum, by Andrea Shea

Is it possible to go green as a major art gallery?

Outside the comfort zone: Energy consumption and museums., by Dr Scott Mitchell

How long can we afford and justify the energy consumption of our big museums and art galleries? 

Infrared thermal imaging as a collections management tool, by Nigel R. Larkin

Article on using infrared imaging to discover weak spots in exhibition and storage areas.

Preventive conservation and the environment: Summary of IIC Hong Kong Congress panel discussion, by Jo Kirby Atkinson

A summary of the panel discussion during which the International Council of Museums, Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) and International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) Draft Declaration on Environmental Guidelines was produced and discussed.

 

The panel was held at the IIC Hong Kong Congress on 24th September 2014. 

Article Originally published in  Studies in Conservation, Volume 61, 2016 - Issue sup1: The Indoor Environment 

Friday Session 16: Sustainability, from the 2018 IIC Conference

Overview of two talks from IIC (International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) conference related to sustainability; the mapping and construction of a new and more environmentally sustainable expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Art, and an examination with case studies that utilise the ABC risk assessment model to help make more sustainable decisions. 

Conference was held in Turin, Italy, 10-14 September 2018. 

 Environmental conditions for the safeguarding of collections: Future trends, by Sarah Staniforth

This paper sets out the role of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) in facilitating the current international debate on the selection of appropriate environmental conditions for collections to optimise their future condition while minimising energy consumption.

Originally published in Studies in Conservation, Volume 59, 2014 - Issue 4.

Slow Conservation, by Sarah Staniforth

How can concepts of the 'slow movement' be applied to conservation? This paper examines the roots of preventive conservation, the relationship between the museum and global environment and the ways that museums can reduce their environmental footprint.

Originally published in Studies in Conservation. Vol. 55, No. 2, 60 YEARS OF IIC 1950-2010.

 Sustainable Pest Management Through Preventive Conservation: Case Studies in the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Military Museum, by Davison Chiwara

An examination of Case Studies focusing on the use of a sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) that does not endanger collections in the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Military Museum. Data collection was through interviews with staff. 

Originally published in Studies in Conservation, Volume 63, 2018 - Issue sup1: IIC Turin Congress preprints. 

The Contribution of Conservators to Sustainability at the National Maritime Museum, by Dervilla O’Dwyer

An examination of the UK National Maritime Museum's energy reduction and sustainability initiatives. 

Originally published in Studies in Conservation, 2010.

 Museums and the Sustainable Development Goals: a how-to guide for Art museums, galleries, the cultural sector and their partners, by Henry McGhie

The guide is intended to help empower museums (small, large and of any kind, anywhere), museum workers, museum networks and their partners to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs for short). 

Responses to Climate Change, by Historic England

Historic England's approach to responding to the challenge of how climate change effects the historic environment - both mitigation and adaptation. 

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