lending library, research & publications, the list goes on and on. We heard today that since 2006, CCI has trained 1707 people in 113 workshops.
We also talked a lot about relative humidity and temperature, and the ASHRAE guidelines that are now being used. In a nutshell, you want to avoid extremes - fluctuations are bad and end up costing you a lot of money to try and control. So if you will realistically never be able to achieve 50% RH, you should instead focus your efforts on minimizing the fluctuations that take place. As this is an active area of discussion in the conservation field, it was recognized that more work needs to be done on implementation strategies - simple things that any museum can do to help improve their storage and display environments. I think this is a topic to dig a bit deeper into, so I'll put it in my list of future posts.
Thanks to Charlie Costain for the quote of the day, "don't let things go mouldy". Mr. Costain is an expert, so I'd listen to his advice if I were you.
After 3 days of beautiful summer weather, this afternoon was a completely different picture. At 445pm the skies opened, the wind picked up, and we had a crazy thunder and lightning storm. Maybe Ottawa was just sad to see us all go back home, but throwing a tantrum that involved picking up and tossing patio umbrellas around seemed a little extreme. Thanks to CHIN & CCI for pulling all of this together, and to the other PMAs for some great discussions and "networking". And now it's time to catch up on sleep.
|Thank you Ottawa and Good Night!|