Welcome to ABTEM’S web site for the new ‘Guidelines for the Care of Larger & Working Historic Objects’ where you can find out more, discover more related content and case studies, download a copy of the Guidelines for free or buy a hard copy of the document.
The guidelines have been produced to provide practical conservation advice to those owning and operating industrial and transport collections and are intended to be a resource for heritage organisations of all sizes from the largest museum to the smallest volunteer group or individual.
The guidelines cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items and update standards first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission in 1994 that have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists but have been out of print for some time.
Completed following consultation and evaluation by the industrial and transport heritage sector, the new document provides a valuable source of information to inform the processes needed for the care of collections with a structured approach including acquisition, research, significance assessment, conservation and maintenance.
STOP PRESS!: the ABTEM late Autumn Seminar being held on 21 November at the London Museum of Water & Steam will focus again on the Guidelines giving those who missed the events organised earlier in the year an opportunity to hear more about the document. See blog page for more information.