Re: [Ancientartifacts] Guidelines for Responsible Collectors

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> Unidroit Convention should definitely be in there.

We probably only need a precis, not a full on discussion of merits etc.

> Another question proposed was Caring for.

This has been covered briefly already.

> Also proper ways to display,

Depends what the artefact is and whether you live in an earthquake zone. I worked in Risk Management at one stage and had to investigate a case where someone's Glassware collection (set up on display on glass shelving) had fallen to the floor (and was broken irreparably) because the local Council had been using heavy compactors in roadworks next to her house.

> and Storage.

Again, it depends what the artefact is. I would take the word of a qualified Conservator over almost anyone else.......and again, this has been mentioned. As with anything, two opinions is probably better. I'd hazard a guess and say that first they'll ask whether the object is made of composite materials, ephemera, ceramic, metal, glassware etc before giving any guidance.

I've already suggested that doing volunteer work at a Museum is one way to gain firsthand knowledge in many of these areas. You get to see what lies beneath! The museum I worked at, the curatorial and registration staff rarely handled an object without wearing white gloves. Some of the collections rarely go on display unless a Curator comes up with a suitable theme for an exhibition.



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