Ethnographic Objects

DATE:02ND OCT 2019

As always, the most important thing is to keep your items in a stable environment, one where the RH and temperature remain relatively constant throughout the day and across the year.  Changes in RH and temperature can cause physical problems such as cracks, splits, and distortion.

It's also important to note that the latest research tells us that setting a ‘one size fits all' ranges for RH and temperature isn't always necessary or appropriate.

Ethnographic objects are particularly vulnerable to environmental changes. The links below refer to ranges of relative humidity (RH) and temperature for safe, long term display and storage. This is because there is no single correct range.

We've also included a link to an online resource on the general care of bark paintings to help you look after your bark paintings. For specific advice relating to your item or collection, please do not hesitate contact us

Care and Storage

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