Why Museums Should Embrace Long-Term Preservation of Artifacts Abstract

WhyMuseums Should Embrace Long-Term Preservation of Artifacts





Asa result of the massive changes in the world today, many museumsworldwide are undergoing significant changes. It is a mistake toassume that museums operate under fixed mode. The reality of museumshas changed over time. However, to ensure that the museums arepreserved for the future, there should be a drive to placesustainability at heart. Museums should be just considered as placesfor learning or exhibition site for ancient items but must beconsidered as civic connectors that enhance re-imagination of alivable world. Therefore, the current research will investigate thereasons why long-term preservation of the artifacts for theirenduring evidentiary value.

  1. Introduction

    1. Background to the Research

Amongthe major concern for most museums worldwide is the increasing needto protect the collection from the detrimental effects. There hasbeen so much attention on light levels, relative humidity andtemperatures. Nevertheless, equally critical is the measures taken toensure that the collections are adequately protected, mostly throughsafe handling procedures. This should also encompass proper storageof the artifacts that have been in the museums for very longdurations[ CITATION lki05 l 1033 ].This can be achieved through proper training programs, and staff andvisitors orientation to ensure that all the artifacts are wellpreserved.

    1. Problem Statement

Formany centuries, countries, organizations and people celebratebirthdays or important days that marks a future feat. Unfortunately,for most museums, this has been neglected. The preservation of theartifacts is considered outdated, and normally they have been usedfor learning processes only. The natural beauty and historicalevidence associated with the museums has been ignored. Therefore,this paper will seek and present the importance of long-termpreservation of the artifacts.

    1. Research Objectives

  1. Do determine the importance of long-term preservation of artifacts

  2. To describe the basic preservation techniques for the artifacts


2.1.Research Design

Thecurrent study will use qualitative research designs to enhance adeeper understanding of the topic. Interviews and questionnaires willbe used qualitatively to collect data from the museum staff. Theresearch will be descriptive in nature to enhance evaluation of theimportance of long-term preservation of artifacts in the museums.

2.2.Study sample

Thetarget samples are the major museums in the country. A sample of 20museums will be relevant for the current study

2.3.Data Collection

Thestudy will focus mostly on people’s attitude towards artifactshence, the use of primary data will not be overemphasized. However,secondary data will be used to augment the study. The collection ofdata will require prior arrangements with the staff of theinstitutions involved.

2.4.Data Collection

Thedata will be collected through administration of questionnaires. Thequestionnaires will comprise of structures questions. The questionswill be close-ended where the respondents will be required to markthe space against the posed question. Nevertheless, some questionswill seek for the opinion of the respondent, and where necessary,interviews with key staff will be conducted. Data collected will bein the form of filled questionnaires, notes taken or audio/videotapes for the interviews conducted. Such information will be ofparamount importance especially when referencing the work.

2.5.Dataanalysis and Presentation

Datacollected will be analyzed using excel application and presented incharts and tables. This will encompasses both the correlational andcomparative data.

2.6.Ethical Considerations

Ethicalstandards will be upheld during the research. Among the majorconsideration is confidentiality of the respondents` responses andidentities, and use the relevant respondents who have access to vitalknowledge regarding the study site. Anonymity will be upheld, andhigh ethical standards maintained (lkins, 2005).

2.7.Validity and Reliability of the research

Theinformation obtained will provide information regarding the need forpeople to preserve the artifacts on a long-term basis. Thisinformation will be critical both to the academicians, and the futuregenerations will use it as a reference.


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