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INSITE Magazine

February - April 2019 / Hazards in Collections

This issue is on the theme ‘Hazards in Collections’ and features articles that explore the different types of hazards that be found in or around collections such as radioactive materials in collections, fire hazards, issues with plastics in textiles and their effect on adjacent materials in storage, disaster bins and responding to emergencies, and hazardous visitor behaviours.

Other items in this issue provide information about the associations new name, the Museum Accreditation Program’s development of a Key Documents Scheme and the 2019 Roving Curator recipients. There are our regular columns of Museum News and Branch News that will bring you up-to-date with sector information

Find a full list of the contents for the issue here.

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In this Issue

Gents pocket watch, nickel plated open case, Elgin National Watch Co, no 42060602, 1942. There is luminous radium paint on hands and 3, 9 and 12 with dots for other hours © Museums Victoria.

A Collections That Glows

There are many types of hazardous materials that can reside in objects and materials housed in collections and on display. Their management requires awareness across a range of associated issues such as risk assessment, storage and handling and disposal procedures. The primary focus of any interaction with potential hazards in collections is the protection of staff, volunteers and the public. In this article Nick Crotty, Museums Victoria, outlines the hazards associated with radioactive objects that includes disposal when they present a risk for ongoing management. 

Museums love visitors. Crowds view Wild: Amazing Animals in a Changing World, Melbourne Museum, 2012. Source: Museums Victoria. Photo: Benjamin Healley.

Safety Out Front: museums, visitors and hazards

In this article Maryanne McCubbin, Head, Strategic Collection Management, Museums Victoria, takes us through some front-of-house safety issues and how museums have adapted to the expectations of contemporary visitors. 

Lesley Dumbrell’s No. 731 tram, 1986. The artwork represents the electric power that moves the tram and characterises the energy of the 1980s in Melbourne. Photo courtesy Public Record Office Victoria.

Transporting Art: The Melbourne Tram Museum

The Melbourne Tram Museum has staged an exhibition uncovering the forty-year history of the iconic Art Trams and their place in Melbourne’s history. In this article Russell Jones, Content Manager, Melbourne Tram Museum, explains the Art Trams project and shares his research into their creation and use.





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