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Objects in Transit and Objects in Storage; Cultural Heritage on Exhibit in the 21st Century

  • Open or Close Catherine Mathias*

    Probability, Statistics and Modeling Laboratory, Sorbonne University, Canada

    *Corresponding author: Catherine Mathias, Probability, Statistics and Modeling Laboratory, Sorbonne University, Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

Submission: August 28, 2018; Published: September 19, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/AAOA.2018.02.000549

ISSN: 2577-1949
Volume2 Issue5


This short note addresses the issues of where are our objects being exhibited in the 21st century. Additionally some basic reminders of preparing objects for movement and storage will be presented. Having worked in Afghanistan and Qatar, between 2012 to 2014, one becomes aware of the fact that objects move for reasons of both exhibit and terrorism. That said some of the objects used to fund terrorism do end up in the secular realm and on occasion on exhibit in a museum far from their original home. That said if said objects were left in the ground would they be safer; would they ever be on exhibit? Objects currently in survey museums around the world are now subject to deaccessioning policies, often not peer reviewed, and damage due to poor storage environments. Will these objects be available for exhibit in the 22nd century? These are questions that will possibly haunt the next generation of museum professionals however if we continue to remember the following basic method and theoretical approach to museum work perhaps we will have helped to make the next wave of museum work easier.

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