Barrick Museum

Object Handling Policy

The object handler is responsible for the movement of materials from the staging table to the final location, the conservation check, and the evaluation for acclimatized storage.

  • Respect the integrity of the object — treat each as if it were the finest in the collection.
  • Make sure you are not wearing or carrying anything that might damage the object: jewelry, hanging glasses, large belt buckle, swinging lab coat.
  • Avoid potentially dangerous substances near an object: food, drink, cigarettes, pens, felt tip markers, tools.
  • Hands must be clean, dry, and free of lotion or ointment.
  • Know where the object is going before you move it.
  • Make sure that the path is unobstructed.
  • The spot should be clean, sturdy, and well in from the edge.
  • Look for weak points and stress areas plus surface conditions.
  • Never rush; take your time.
  • Handle and move objects as infrequently as possible.
  • Move only one object at a time; use both hands.
  • Provide overall support for the object from beneath. Never lift an object by any appendage or projection, such as a handle, rim, strap, or arm.
  • Do not move objects that are too large, heavy, or fragile. Ask for help.
  • The most stable surface of an object should serve as its base.
  • Place the object on a clean, padded surface, away from excessive heat, drafts, and sunlight.
  • Save any written or documentary information that is with the object.
  • Never remove tape, glue, etc., from the object. It may damage the surface.
  • Consider placement of appendages, spouts, handles, and projections when putting an object down.
  • Avoid putting weight on appendages.
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