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Contributions Invited for Larger & Working Objects Guidelines

ABTEM and IHRC are seeking contributors as they produce new guidelines for museums and private collectors with larger and working objects

The guidelines will cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items. Standards first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission (MGC) have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike since they were first published in 1994, but after two decades of experience now need updating.
The project is supported by a grant from the Arts Council England through their Museum Resilience funding stream that enables museums to become more sustainable.

They are looking for contributors to support this project by either:

  • Expressing interest to join the our External Control Group that will pilot the Guidelines within the museum and heritage sector. External Control Group members can be equally museum professionals or private individuals with at one or more examples of large or working objects in their care.
  • Providing case studies that illustrate the decision making process in the care of a large or a working object according to best practice as outlined in the 1994 and 1997 MGC Standards and Guidelines. Selected case studies will be included in the new edition of the guidelines, expected at the end of 2017.
  • Submitting relevant documentation such as Collections Care & Conservation Policies, Object Conservation Management  Plans, or Maintenance logs, Working Objects Policies etc. In other words, any documentation that will help us understand the preservation philosophy and decision making ethos of each contributor along with the extent of any influence the original Standards and Guidelines may had in the adoption of commonly used practices.

The guidelines will be widely publicised and promoting, including through a programme of seminars scheduled between October 2017 and March 2018.

For further information please contact Efstathios Tsolis, Associate Consultant, email, tel. +44 (0) 7726419551

The main publications of Standards and Guidelines can be accessed online:

MGC 4 Standards in the museum care of larger and working objects

Larger & Working Objects – a guide to standards in their preservation and care

​Lead Image: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge; CC BY-SA 2.0


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