• Improving Environmental Conditions to Preserve Collections

    Project Director(s):
    Jessica Jenkins
    Author(s):
    Jessica Jenkins
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    Data Rescue
    Subject(s):
    Museums--Study and teaching, Historic preservation
    Item Type:
    White paper
    Institution:
    Litchfield Historical Society
    Tag(s):
    NEH White papers, Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections, NEH Preservation and Access, Museum studies, Historical preservation
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M64S9Q
    Abstract:
    The Litchfield Historical Society seeks a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Implementation Grant to execute specific recommendations made by an interdisciplinary team of experts consisting of an architect, engineer and museum conservator. The project is designed to create a preservation environment that provides the best possible conditions for the collection with the least possible consumption of energy. The grant will repair degraded brick and masonry and repair and/or replace ineffective gutters and leaders; update and repair the existing HVAC system; install an energy management system to integrate HVAC systems of all four museum buildings; purchase PEM2 dataloggers to more effectively monitor conditions in each building; update and replace heat intensive lighting; install space saver shelving to replace outdated and overcrowded stationary shelving in the Collections Storage room; and purchase supplies to rehouse specific collections.
    Notes:
    An implementation project to improve environmental conditions in the society's 1901 Noyes building, the primary exhibition space for fine and decorative arts, furniture, textiles, and other historical artifacts that document the history of Litchfield. The building envelope would be tightened to minimize air and water penetration; energy-efficient LED lighting, climate controls, and an energy management system would be installed, along with compact shelving for the storage of collections.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    5 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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