WIT Press


Collection Management And Storage Issues At The Vasa Museum

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MH030181

Volume

65

Pages

8

Published

2003

Size

699.48 kb

Author(s)

I. Lindblom

Abstract

Collection management and storage issues at the Vasa Museum I. Lindblom The Vasa Museum, Sweden Abstract Museum stores sometimes tend to function as a cluttered closet, where everything is stored which is not used or displayed. One locks the door and thinks: "All that should really be sorted out, but not right now.. ." The Vasa Museum has a collection of about 40,000 objects. The museum has not actively collected any objects since the last dives in 1967. Therefore, the number of finds has not significantly increased or decreased over the years. In spite of this, the Vasa Museum has had problems for a long time with its storage areas, primarily due to lack of space. In the year 200 1 the storage problem finally became unacceptable. Because of this, a project for moving stored items was initiated. An external warehouse has been rented, and the objects that are moved there are subjected to thorough documentation, assessment of damages and photography. The aim of the project is to relocate object

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