2011 archive


Metodología Re-organización de depósitos de Museos de ICCROM-UNESCO.

By ICOM Argentina, Noticias (Diciembre 2011)

Implementación en Argentina. Los especialistas del ICCROM Gäel de Guichen y Catherine Antomarchi visitaron la Argentina con el fin de evaluar la implementación de la Metodología "RE-org" en el Museo Castagnino+macro de la Provincia de Santa Fe. Leer más...

Posted: 2011-12-23

Storage woes may further limit items (New Zealand)

By David Bruce, Otago Daily Times (3 December 2011)

A moratorium on the North Otago Museum and archives accepting new items, unless exceptional, could be extended because of a lack of storage space. Read more...

Posted: 2011-12-03

Arte de hoy, todo un legado

Por Beatriz Vignoli, Página 12 (29 noviembre 2011)

El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario aplica un novedoso método de reorganización de depósitos diseñado por el ICCROM y la UNESCO. La semana pasada estuvo el impulsor de este sistema, Gaël de Guichen, para seguir de cerca la implementación. Leer más...

Posted: 2011-12-01

Stored but not safe: museum collections are at risk worldwide

By UNESCO Culture Sector, Website (27 November 2011)

Precious artifacts kept in museum storage facilities worldwide are not as safe as we may like to think. A recent international survey on museum storage carried out by UNESCO in partnership with the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) has revealed that up to 60 per cent of museum collections kept in storage worldwide suffer from poor management, lack of maintenance, or inadequate space and protection. Read more...

Posted: 2011-11-29

Museums at Risk - Results of the 2011 ICCROM-UNESCO International Storage Survey

By Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Blog (8 November 2011)

Museums are at risk. That is the conclusion of the 2011 ICCROM-UNESCO International Storage Survey conducted between June and September by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The published summary below shows significant deficiencies in museum storage, museum administration, risk management, and loss prevention. Read more...

Posted: 2011-11-29

Study Shows Museum Storage Areas Worldwide Render Artifacts Vulnerable to Theft, Destruction

By Kimberly L. Alderman, Cultural Property & Archaeology Law (4 November 2011)

UNESCO and ICCROM have released the results of a worldwide study on the security of museum collections, revealing disturbing trends.  The study examined collections in 136 countries, and showed that 25% of museum storage areas are so overfilled that one can not get from one end of the room to the other.  In one in 3 museums, it is not clear who exactly is responsible for the storage area.  And in one in 10 museums, thefts are reported as a major problem. Read more...

Posted: 2011-11-29

Museum collections no better off in developed countries, international survey says

By SAFECORNER (15 November 2011)

According to 1490 respondents from 136 countries, a survey conducted between June and September by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) reveals that museum collections the world over suffer from “major” or “drastic” lack of space, bad management, theft, pest infestation, etc. Read more...

Posted: 2011-11-29

International Storage Survey on Museums Reveals Disastrous Situation

By Björn Schöpe, Coins Weekly (17 November 2011)

UNESCO and the intergovernmental organization ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) published the results of a survey conducted between June and September 2011. People working in museums in 136 countries had the opportunity to answer to a questionnaire. The 1490 responses sketch a rather disastrous image of the museums all over the world. Read more...

Posted: 2011-11-29



Museum collections at serious risk, a new survey by ICCROM and UNESCO shows

By Culture in Development (6 November 2011)

Museum collections in storage suffer from poor management, lack of maintenance, adequate space and equipment. Precious artifacts and national treasures hidden away in the underbelly of museums are not as safe as we think.  Read more...

Posted: 2011-11-29



RE-ORG in Action: a storage reorganization project in Argentina

By ICCROM, Website (24 November 2011)

An ICCROM team has been in Argentina since Monday to assess the results of a storage reorganization project that was implemented at the Museo Castagnino+Macro in the city of Rosario, using RE-ORG, the ICCROM-UNESCO step-by-step methodology. Read more...

Posted: 2011-11-24

National Army Museum, New Zealand, vows to find stolen medals

By Blair Ensor, The Dominion Post (18 November 2011)

The National Army Museum has vowed to find hundreds of medals still missing following the theft of more than $250,000 worth of historic military regalia from Waiouru. However, Colonel Ray Seymour, the museum's director, believes the amount of reparation the thief has been ordered to pay is less than what the medals are worth and the museum may not be able to pay people who bought the medals in ''good faith''. Read more...

Posted: 2011-11-18

Group Alleges Conflicts of Interest, Poor Storage, Unclear Deaccessioning Policies at Historical Museum

By Karina Ioffee, Petaluma Patch (10 November 2011)

Says they are worried about the future of the Petaluma Historical Museum, claiming it does not properly store artifacts or have a clear financial plan about generating more revenue. Read more...

Posted: 2011-11-11

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Posted: 2011-11-01

Museum collections at serious risk, a new survey by ICCROM and UNESCO shows

By Artdaily.org (29 October 2011)

ROME - Precious artifacts and national treasures hidden away in the underbelly of museums are not as safe as we think. A recent international survey on museum storage by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) confirms that all over the world, museum collections in storage suffer from poor management, lack of maintenance, adequate space and equipment. This is particularly disturbing because on average 90% of museum objects are in storage, and despite poor conditions, collections continue to grow exponentially. Read more...

Posted: 2011-10-29

International Survey on Museum Storage: the results are in!

By ICCROM, website (21 October 2011)

During the three months of the International Survey on Museum Storage, we received an amazing response from museums worldwide: 1490 completed surveys from 136 countries. Special thanks to everyone who took the time to answer the survey. Based on these results, ICCROM is now looking for partnerships and funding to launch a full-scale capacity-building programme focusing on the areas of need identified in this survey. Read the complete report in English and in French.

Posted: 2011-10-22

Drowning in a sea of misinformation

By Jack Ashby, New Scientist (13 October 2011)

This time last year two of the museum storerooms flooded. A loose pipe meant that when the mains water supply was switched on in the floor above, high pressure water jetted into our space, soaking the cabinets that contained some 40,000 of the museum's objects. Read more...

Posted: 2011-10-14

Space an issue for museum in New Zealand

By Fleur Cogle, The Timaru Herald (11 October 2011)

Increasing pressure on exhibition and collection space has been highlighted in a proposal to extend the South Canterbury Museum. A report by museum director Philip Howe identifies four areas important for the museum's future direction and operation. Read more...

Posted: 2011-10-11

Smithsonian Inspector General finds substandard storage conditions at American History museum

By Jacqueline Trescott, The Washington Post (6 October 2011)

The storage conditions at the 44-year-old National Museum of American History (NMAH) and its offsite facilities are outdated, crowded and generally substandard, leaving some collections in jeopardy, according to a new report by the Smithsonian Inspector General. Read more...

Posted: 2011-10-06

Cannon Hall Museum to dispose of furniture

BBC News (28 September 2011)

A museum in Barnsley is disposing of a selection of furniture after it was deemed to be in a poor condition. Cannon Hall Museum said it would offer other museums the opportunity to rehome the items or sell them at auction if there was no interest. Read more...

Posted: 2011-09-30


More space needed for collections

By Howard Jones,The Border Mail (21 September 2011)

ALBURY Art Gallery in Australia is bursting at the seams after receiving generous gifts and bequests. It will be forced to refuse further acquisitions until more storage space is found. Read more...

Posted: 2011-09-22

A peek into world of basement treasures in the Forbidden City

By Cheng Yingqi, China Daily (25 August 2011)

The Palace Museum's vast display of paintings, calligraphy and ceramics actually account for less than 1 percent of its collection. "The exhibits cover not even 1 percent because it is neither necessary nor possible for the museum to show everything to the public. We are not running an antique stall. We only display items that relate to a certain theme," says Gao He, former director of the storage department of the Palace Museum. Read more...

Posted: 2011-08-25

Turkish museums’ storage crowded with smuggled artifacts

By Ömer Erbil, Hürriyet Daily News (8 August 2011)

Turkey’s archaeology museums are full of artifacts confiscated from smugglers, including the 25,000 artifacts waiting to be catalogued and put on display at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Last year alone a total of 68,000 artifacts were seized from smuggling rings. Read more...

Posted: 2011-08-17

About one third of the objects at National Museum of Anthropology, in Luanda, are classified and catalogued

allAfrica.com (8 July 2011)

Luanda — A total of 1,900 artefacts of the 6,000 existing in the National Museum of Anthropology, in Luanda, are classified and catalogued, Angop learned Tuesday in the Angolan capital. The information was released by the director general of the National Museum of Anthropology, Américo Kwononoca. Read more...

Posted: 2011-08-12

UNESCO Workshop on Storage Management. Semarang, Indonesia

In 2010 the President of Indonesia listed the revitalisation of Indonesia’s museums as one of the main programmes of activity in the 2010-2014 Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. As part of this Programme the UNESCO office in Jakarta, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, organised a six day workshop at the Ronggowarsito Museum in Semarang Indonesia from 25 to 30 July in 2011, in order to train museum staff on the importance of sound museum storage management practices. Read more...

Posted: 2011-08-05

ICCROM Survey: Help save endangered museum collections in storage worldwide!

Museum collections are at serious risk! An estimated 60% of the world's collections in storage are inaccessible and deteriorating rapidly.

You can help us! ICCROM needs your help to collect more information on this topic.

  • If you work in a museum, take 10 minutes to answer this survey for the chance to win a one-year subscription to UNESCO's MUSEUM International magazine (answers are confidential).
  • If you don’t work in a museum, help us by forwarding this survey throughout your network.

We need a maximum number of answers! Thank you in advance for your help.

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Posted: 2011-08-05

Should councils cash in on art?

By: Ian Youngs, BBC News (11 July 2011)

As local councils cut essential services to make ends meet, should they cash in on the paintings in their vaults? Or should public art be saved for future generations? Inside Bolton Museum's storage sheds, on an industrial estate on the edge of town, bright yellow buckets are catching leaks from the roof and a small pile of plaster and wood has fallen off the ceiling.  Read more...

Posted: 2011-07-11

Smithsonian (almost) looses George Washington's bed, along with 10% of American history inventory

By: Ben Wieder, iWatch News (8 July 2011)

Watchdog said 10 percent of inventoried items at American history museum were missing. Read more...

Posted: 2011-07-08

Kala Raksha Museum, India, Supports Major Documentation Project

Kala Raksha Museum - Project Report: 3 April to 27 May 2011. Read more...

Posted: 2011-06-01

Museum in Solomon Islands in dire need for storage space

By Nigel Sandy, The Island Sun (20 May 2011)

IT HAS been revealed that the country‘s national museum is now running out of space to cater for all our national and cultural artifacts which are being collected. This was revealed by the  permanent secretary for the Ministry of culture and tourism Luke Eta who told Island sun that the storage facilities for the historical artifacts was becoming a problem  as the collection keeps on growing larger and larger each year. Read more...

Posted: 2011-05-21

Gwacheon art museum tightens storage security

By Kim Yoon-mi, The Korea Herald (3 May 2011)

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea said on Tuesday it will tighten security on its collections by doubling the checks at the door to the storage room and digitizing its collections database. The announcement came after the Culture Ministry’s audit last week revealed that the museum had loopholes in managing artworks in storage. Read more...

Posted: 2011-05-06

Concerns raised over storage at town museum

Montrose Review (20 April 2011)

A LOCAL man has expressed concerns over the absence of two exhibits at the Montrose Museum. Mr Robb recently visited the museum following its re-opening and was disappointed to find that two automaton exhibits were missing from the public display. Read more...

Posted: 2011-04-20


Le musée des confluences, Lyon, unveils its storage areas

Le Musée des Confluences dévoile ses réserves. Exhibition presented from 16 December 2010 to 8 May 2011. See Flickr photo set...

Posted: 2011-03-03

La salle A de la National Gallery de Londres : un trésor méconnu

Par Didier Rykner, La tribune de l'art, (mardi 22 février 2011)

Le mercredi après-midi, de 14 à 17 h 30 seulement, la « salle A » de la National Gallery de Londres (ill. 1 et 2) est ouverte au public. Peu de gens la visitent, et pourtant. Il s’agit en réalité d’une grande partie des réserves du musée, où environ 700 tableaux sont accrochés à touche-touche, sur des cimaises défraichies. Read more...

Posted: 2011-02-23

The Permanent Collection May Not Be So Permanent

By Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times (January 26, 2011)

On Thursday at Sotheby’s in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art is putting 32 old-master paintings up for auction, and the J. Paul Getty Museum is offering 15. In the meantime the Pennsylvania Museum of Fine Arts and the Carnegie Museum of Art are selling five paintings each, and the Art Institute of Chicago is selling two Picassos, a Matisse and a Braque at Christie’s in London. Last week the New Jersey Historical Society sold 17 items at Christie’s in New York, including a 120-piece dinner service used to entertain President Martin Van Buren that went for $17,000. Read more...

Posted: 2011-01-28

Emerging and current needs for Aboriginal cultural stores and repositories in Western Australia

By Greg Wallace and Kim Akerman (2008).

For Now and Forever – Cultural Object Stores Project Report, an analysis of current and emerging needs for Aboriginal cultural stores and repositories in Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth. Read more...

Posted: 2011-01-27

MOCA makes more space for its collection

By Moon So-young, Korea JoongAng Daily (January 26, 2011)

The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon, south of Seoul, unveiled its newly remodeled storage space to the press on Monday. The museum’s nine storage spaces now house about 10,000 paintings, sculptures and other artworks, including 48 pieces that the museum acquired last year through purchases and donations. Two media artworks by the renowned video artist Bill Viola are also part of the new collection, the museum said. Read more...

Posted: 2011-01-26

UK Museum Storage Costs Millions

Storage costs for art in British Museums is costing over a million pounds per year. A Freedom of Information request put in by the BBC resulted in the finding. “The British Museum spent £86,280 in 2009 and 2010, mothballing 99% of its collection, in storage.” Read more...

Posted: 2011-01-23

Growing collection and storage space issues at Chazen Museum of Art

By Thomas Matthews Rooke and Ann Sinfield, Wisconsin State Journal (January 21, 2011)

The nearly 1,000 paintings clinging to sliding metal racks create an unexpected collage of subjects and colors in an unassuming storage room on the UW-Madison campus. Read more... (includes video tour of storage areas)

Posted: 2011-01-22

Out of gallery, into storage: What can museums do with unwanted loan works?

By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer (January 18, 2011)

The two life-size nude statues were lent to the Newark Museum for exhibit more than 75 years ago. Today, they're taking up valuable space in a storage area. Read more...

Posted: 2011-01-21


RE-ORG is almost here!

ICCROM and UNESCO will soon be launching a new resource for small museums (max 10,000 objects) with endangered collections. Stay tuned for more information - but feel free to browse the website as it is being developed in real time!

Posted: 2011-01-03

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