Loosening the Environmental Restrictions on Museum Loans

Setting Temperature in MuseumThis topic came to the forefront when Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate in London, began urging museums to investigate whether existing environmental guidelines could be applied with more subtlety. He and Mark Jones, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, presented the issue to the Bizot group, an alliance of directors of some of the world’s most prominent museums, in 2008. Responding to feedback from these discussions, Serota and Jones convened a group of conservators and other stakeholders in the United Kingdom to review environmental conditions in museums. The National Museum Director's Conference then drafted guiding principles for museums seeking to responsibly minimize energy use. These guidelines included the suggestion that environmental standards should be tailored to the requirements of specific groups of objects and to the local climate. The following web articles provide a great deal of information on this topic.

  • Blog by Meg Craft, AIC President, regarding Rethinking the Museum Climate, a meeting hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Getty Conservation Institute on April 12-13, 2010, posted that same month. The meeting was attended by 55 conservators, scientists, facility managers, and administrators from major lending institutions in North America. The post includes a list of recommended readings that was provided to participants at the Boston meeting.