Permanent Preservation of Museums

PERMANENT PRESERVATION OF MUSEUMS 7

PermanentPreservation of Museums

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Abstract

Thispaper is a research proposal for the topic “Permanent Preservationof Museums on the grounds of their enduring cultural, historic orevidentiary value.” This research proposal will include long termmethods of preserving museums in the modern world. This researchproposal will try to answer research questions that will be includedin the paper. In addition, the study will involve formulation ofquestionnaires that will be distributed to various big museums thathave recently adopted long-term preservation strategies. Thequestionnaires will be designed to address the best approaches oflong-term preservation of museums on the basis that they providehistorical, cultural and evidentiary value to our society. Inaddition, documented studies will be employed to evaluate thecorrelation with and to complement current data as gathered by thequestionnaires with analogous information presented in academicsources. The conclusions of this research proposal will be drawn fromthe research findings. Based on the conclusions of the study, therewill be recommendations on how best museums can be preserved to lastfor many years.

Thissection of the paper will be divided into sub-section topics such asbackground of study, problem statement, objectives of study, andresearch questions, methodology, result and discussion, andconclusion, as well as recommendations.

Backgroundinformation

Thissection will concentrates on the history of museums and itsimportance, as well as its popularity in the present day as comparedto traditional systems. In addition, it will present growing trendsin museums as far as long-term preservation is concerned. Thissection will also include the major changes that have happened in theway museums are managed and preserved. In addition, this sectionwill include the positive impacts on long-term preservation ofmuseums.

Objective

Themain aim of study is to evaluate the long-term preservation ofmuseums on the basis that these institutions are important inproviding cultural, historic and evidentiary value.

Researchquestions

  • What are the best long-term preservation methods for museums?

  • How adequacy of the staff in the museums affects the preservation of museums?

  • What are challenges that affect long-term preservation of museums?

Literaturereview

Thissection of the research will elaborately look into availableliterature on preservation of museums. In addition, literature reviewwill include the evaluation of academic journals on the preservationof museums and how they contribute to the topic. It will also involvethe projected future of museums, innovations and changes that havetaken place in the modern world. Additionally, this section will alsoreview academic journal that discusses the importance of long-termpreservation of museums on the basis of their cultural, historicaland evidentiary value. It will also provide a brief insight into thenature of museums, their age, their major operations and services,and the ways they preserve items.

ResearchMethodology

Inthis section, the actual research tools will be used in thecollection of data. The primary source of data will includequestionnaires, emails, and telephone interviews. The questionnaireswill be in form of hard copy that will be issued to the prospectiverespondents based on their preferences. In addition, the relevantstandards will be observed in the designing of questionnaires, suchas non-revelatory questions and privacy observance. The data to begathered will be arranged based on different parameters and variablesfor further analysis, including number of issue questionnaires,number of positive feedbacks, age of museums, frequency of repairs,and cost of maintenance, as well as frequency of funding from thegovernment. Moreover, sample questionnaire used will be appended inthe appendix section of the actual research paper.

DataAnalysis

Thissection of the research paper will include actual results. The datagathered will be subjected to analysis in order to generate trendsaccording to information that will be obtained from differentrespondents. The methods used for data analysis will be evaluated,and the outcomes of the analysis clearly presented. In addition, theresults of the study will be reported using presentation devices suchas bar graphs, histograms, and pie charts for ease of interpretation.

Conclusions

Theconclusion of the research will include accurate and brief findingsof the preceding sections. In an elaborate description of theresearch findings will be presented, which will be in totalcongruence with gathered data and answer research questions. Theconclusion statements will be expected to show how museums canpermanently be preserved and resources that are required for thisprocess. If there are differences in preservation strategies on basisof economic aspects of various museums with regard to age, forexample, the statements of the conclusion will reflect this reality.

Recommendations

Inagreement with the aims of the research, the study findings will beutilized in coming up with implementation strategies of long-termpreservation of the museums based on the research results. Therefore,the recommendations presented in this section will be anticipated todetect any incongruities in the study methodology employed andprobable adjustments in the outcomes to cater for incongruities.

References

Thereference page of the actual research will include eight relevantreferences as they are indicated below

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Clavir,M. (2002). Preservingwhat is valued: Museums, conservation, and First Nations.Vancouver: UBC Press.

GreatBritain. (2011). Fundingof the arts and heritage: Third report of session 2010-11.London: Stationery Office.

Harris,D. A. (2007). Newsolutions for house museums: Ensuring the long-term preservation ofAmerica`s historic houses.Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

ICWL(Conference), &amp Li, F. (2008). Advancesin web-based learning, ICWL 2008: 7th International Conference,Jinhua, China, August 20-22, 2008, proceedings.Berlin: Springer.

Lord,G. D., &amp Lord, B. (2009). Themanual of museum management.Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Nickens,P. R., &amp Williamson, R. A. (2000). Scienceand technology in historic preservation.New York [u.a.: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Reibel,D. B. (2008). RegistrationMethods for the Small Museum.Lanham: AltaMira Press.

TheSupreme Council of Antiquities. (2008). Bulletinof the Egyptian Museum.Gardners Books.