Environmental Monitoring for Museum Curation
By: CAS DataLoggers
In galleries and museums, accurate and reliable environmental monitoring data is essential for managing the preservation process. In fact, many art and curative organizations will not loan their collections out unless the institution in question can prove that they have a monitoring system in place to ensure that the art is always stored in safe conditions.
A data logger is an ideal device to continuously record environmental data and archive the readings for later analysis and report generation. In this brief overview, we cover the basics of environmental monitoring and how it helps curators to protect their collections.
What Should You Monitor?
Common parameters of interest in museum applications include:
Environmental data loggers track and alarm temperature, humidity, and illuminance/
How to Monitor Temperature
At the most basic level, there are two types of temperature loggers:
Many temperature data loggers come equipped with their own internal sensors, so you don't have to purchase and connect any sensors.
How to Monitor Humidity
Humidity is an important parameter to track when you're storing materials such as metals, cloth or tapestry, and paper products. Rot and rust are common results in facilities that neglect high humidity levels. As with temperature sensor placement, be sure you have enough sensors to give good coverage of the goods or room you're monitoring.
Because of the sheer size of some exhibit areas, it can extremely difficult to install a wired system. Wireless monitoring systems are ideal for museum interiors to verify that exhibits are being maintained in a controlled and non-damaging environment.
Wireless systems are ideal when: