Environmental monitoring & control
In the context of collections management and care, the 'environment' generally refers to light (both natural and artificial), moisture (particularly relative humidity), temperature and pest activity. Each of these factors can cause irreversible, and severe, damage to objects, and therefore must be monitored and managed, as far as possible. Other environmental hazards that may exist in specific contexts include, for example, vibration, dust accumulation or risk of flood or fire.
AFConservation can undertake an assessment of environmental conditions, and identify approaches to minimise or mitigate risk to objects or collections, as well as provide advice on monitoring for the future. Methods of control can be surprisingly simple and cost-effective, reducing the need for more costly conservation intervention in the future.