The Museum is at the early stage of the process
of developing and updating a system which meets these needs,
of which there are further details under current projects.
Whilst providing as great amount of access as possible it
is important to ensure that the varying curatorial needs of
the objects are maintained.
All objects are given a unique number for identification,
and particular care is taken to note associated information
and record its history. Whether on display or in storage particular
care is taken to preserve the objects for the enjoyment of
present and future museum visitors. Museum staff devote much
time behind the scenes to prepare galleries and objects for
display, and to careful packaging and labelling, monitoring
levels of temperature, humidity and light, as well as pest
control and housekeeping.
Condition surveys and conservation programmes on the collections
are constantly underway, calling on expert advice to help
prevent future problems, and to tackle deterioration which
may have taken place in the past. Objects can thus be kept
in secure, suitable and stable conditions, and whenever possible
made available to the public on display or for research.