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General Articles on Microclimate Control in Museums

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General Articles on Microclimates:

Microclimate Control in Museums, by Jerry Shiner was written for Papyrus, published by the International Association of Museums Facilities Administrators (IAMFA), and discusses microclimate control in museum context.

Humidity Control in Museums by Jerry Shiner is an article published in HVAC News in August, 2011, and provides a general discussion of why environmental control is needed in museums, with some specific recommendations.

Active and Passive Microclimate Generation by Jerry Shiner was written for The Exhbitionist, a publication of the National Association of Museum Exhibit designers (NAME). It outlines a variety of approaches to museum showcase environmental control.

Inside the Black Box is an adaptation of a presentation given by Jerry Shiner at the Science of Museum Galleries meeting at the British Museum, London, February 2005. It offers a general description of the operation of microclimate generators.

Trends in Microclimate Control of Museum Display Cases by Jerry Shiner is a paper presented at the Museum Microclimates Conference in Copenhagen in 2007. It is an historical review of the development and applicaton of microclimate techniques to museum display applications

The History and Application of Microclimate Control Devices by Jerry Shiner is a more detailed description of the use of microclimate devices in museums, presented at the Research and Technical Studies Group session of the American Institute for Conservation meetings in Philadelphia, 2011.  STILL IN EDITING STAGE, SORRY

Cost Savings:

Te Papa Savings is a private report calculating the substantial energy savings that could be found by modifying humidity setpoints in the Te Papa Museum (Wellington, New Zealand).

A Comparison of the Efficacy and Costs of Different Approaches to Climate Management in Historic Buildings and Museums is master's thesis by David Artigas. It compares the costs of providing various climate control standards in North American Museums. Standards were based on ASHRAE chapter 22. One major outcome was that costs of climate control increase exponentially as humidity setpoints are narrowed, implying that massive savings can be realized by relaxing setpoints.

Anoxia for Storage and Pest Control:

Simple anoxic storage for textile collections in Bhutan by Julia M Brennan discusses the use of anoxic storage using Escal barrier film, Ageless, and a nitrogen purge system developed by Jerry Shiner for textile preservation.

Using anoxic Storage for the Ferryland Cross describes the use of RP System and Anoxia to protect an ancient and very sensitive artifact.


Product Literature:

Mini One brochure

Maxi Sixty brochure

PROSORB Humidity Stabilizer

Keepsafe Microclimate Systems general brochure


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