|How do we make them last?
First we have to understand what causes specimens to deteriorate.
|Caring for Collections
We practice preventive conservation.
We prepare specimens using inert materials.
We avoid using chemicals that will react with the natural components of the specimen.
For example, instead of using pesticides in cabinets to control pests, we follow a set of procedures to quarantine or freeze specimens.
We pay a lot of attention to the quality of the storage room.
We pay a lot of attention to the quality of the storage furniture.
This steel cabinet has tight seals that improve protection against water, fire, dust, particulates and pests. The white drawers make it easy to see signs of pest infestation should one occur. The paint used on the cabinets is specially designed to minimize vapors and reactions to airborne chemicals.
We also develop procedures that help reduce damage to the specimens.
Procedures for packing specimens are detailed.