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The regulations and reality of indoor environmental standards for objects and visitors in museums

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posted on 2024-04-03, 13:23 authored by Hisham Elkadi, Sura Al-MaiyahSura Al-Maiyah, Karen Fielder, Inji Kenawy, D Brett Martinson

The management of indoor microclimates is an important function of museum operations, a topic that has recently received growing attention. The way in which museum microclimates are specified is still not well documented universally, particularly in developing countries where a significant part of the global ‘movable’ heritage is situated. Most of the current contributions come from scholars covering climate control practices in developed nations. The bibliography related to museum environmental and climate management in other regions is comparatively limited. Heritage institutions have varying levels of resources, funding mechanisms, management protocols and expertise. In the absence of shared best practices, great variability in the environmental management practice exists across different institutions and countries. This paper brings together 96 studies that were selected and critically evaluated to review publications in the field over the last two decades and trace the variations in climate control practice across regions. The findings of the review confirmed the gaps in research in the field and identified the relevance to the implementation of regulatory frameworks particularly in regions where little or no research of museums' indoor environments is taking place. The paper also shows that the fragmentation of tools and methods to assess the indoor environment in museums has contributed to variations in practices across the sector. Moreover, the paper provides evidence of the struggle to comply with the strict, and in cases exaggerated requirements, that aim at satisfying a varying range of conflicting criteria to provide indoor comfort to visitors while continuing to protect artefacts. 

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Monitoring Object and Visitor Environments (MOVE)

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

Volume

152

Issue

2021

Publisher

Elsevier

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews published by Elsevier. The final publication is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2021.111653. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

2021-09-02

Publication date

2021-09-13

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1364-0321

eISSN

1879-0690

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Sura Al-Maiyah. Deposit date: 1 April 2024

Article number

111653

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