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Collections

These advice guides describe how to acquire, store, care for, display, and dispose of collections.

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The Treasure Trove Process
Recently discovered ancient objects are assigned to museums through the Treasure Trove system. Learn more about Treasure Trove and the relevant bodies.
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Knowledge Exchange: Queering Historic Houses
In this Knowledge Exchange we hear from Indigo Dunphy-Smith from the Georgian House, Edinburgh. Indigo discusses The Georgian House's research into the site’s connection to LGBTQ+ history and explains how house museums can represent more diverse stories.
Protecting your textiles
Textiles are common in museum collections. Displaying or storing textiles can come with risks in terms of fading or decay caused by environmental factors.
Preserving paintings and frames
This guide will examine how to look after easel paintings - defined here as any painting which can be moved - and their frames. Minimum equipment is needed.
Monitoring light and UV radiation
Monitoring light and ultraviolet radiation in your museum is an important part of environmental management. 
Metal collections care
Learn how to care for metals in your collections and protect them from degradation and damage.
Introduction to storage and display materials
Learn how to choose the correct materials for displaying and storing your items.
Introduction to human remains in museums
This introductory guide is a broad overview of displaying human remains in museums.
Introduction to environmental monitoring
Monitoring the environment of your museum is an essential part of caring for your collections. By keeping track of the condition of your museum, you can plan for the best ways to effectively preserve and protect your collections.