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Quarantine, disinfection, and cleaning of museum collections and exhibits

The links below are being shared to provide information about disinfection and cleaning of materials, as well as illustrative examples of documented protocols and procedures. These examples should not be interpreted as recommendations from the REALM project.


While these examples are from libraries, many of the issues of handling are applicable to the museum community.

Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), and a member of the REALM Operations Working Group, participated in a project webinar on October 8, 2020. In the recording, Bexx shares how NEDCC is approaching disinfection of paper-based collections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total video length = 18m 32s.

The full webinar recording is also available, and includes more information about caring for collections and an update on project activities.