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Heritage Preservation (6526.4)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Arts & Humanities



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    Collections and our natural and cultural heritage are held in museums, galleries, libraries, archives, historic houses, archaeological and historic sites, cultural centres, and in university and government departments. This unit demonstrates how storage, use, transport and display can cause deterioration. Discussed are the problems created by light, temperature and relative humidity, air pollution, micro-organisms, insects and other pests, and their control. Also covered are handling, disaster mitigation and salvage of collections following disasters.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. understand the causes of deterioration to collections by temperatures, relative humidity, light, air pollution, pests, and their control.

    2. apply this knowledge to ensure safe storage, display and transport of works of art.

    3. prepare a plan to deal with the event of disaster striking an institution or site and to undertake emergency rescue of material after incidents.

    4. carry out an environmental survey of a collection.

    Contact Hours

    Two hours of lectures, two hours of workshops a week.



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