Agents of Deterioration & Cleaning

One of our in-situ exercises of the MMC program included properly cleaning the Curatorial Centre of the Peterborough Museum & Archives. My group was tasked with dusting the canoe and textile section of the collection where we put our ladder training and care of collection skills to use. We also delved into a study of dissociation, an agent of deterioration, for the site. Dissociation occurs when information that can identify artifacts is lost through various means, so myself and two partners looked for threats to identification and conducted a spot check of the artifact location guides.

Skills Demonstrated:

  • Manual dexterity
  • Teamwork
  • Health and safety directed at cleaning practices
  • Museum policy affirmation
  • Visual inspection (ex. labels, catalogue, fixtures)
  • Knowledge and practice identifying agents of deterioration



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