Vibratory Impacts of Music and Transport on Museum Collections: Current Practices and Experiences (An International Research Group Questionnaire)

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Vibratory Impacts of Music and Transport on Museum Collections Survey © The National Gallery, London
Friday, 17 April, 2020 - 00:00
Friday, 5 June, 2020 - 00:00

In recent years, museums and cultural heritage organizations around the world are taking note of the potential impact that vibrations from music can have on their collections. In addition, new questions are being raised about the potential impact of vibrations that objects experience during transport.

Scientists involved in the protection of collections are conducting research into these topics. To inform and focus this research, an International Research Group (consisting of eight leading museum professionals and engineers) has formed and designed this a questionnaire. The purpose of this questionnaire is to collect objective information on the current real-life experiences and practices of museums and cultural heritage organizations on vibrations caused by 1) music and 2) transport, with the goal of focusing ongoing research into these topics.

The information collected will be analysed and distilled by the International Research Group and will then be disseminated to the museum community via a published open-access research report.

For the benefit of all institutions facing these vibration issues, the Research Group urges everyone with collection protection responsibilities to take just a few minutes to complete this questionnaire. Even if your practices in these areas are limited and you do not have much to share, your information is still relevant and valuable.

IIC is pleased to be supporting this international project.

For further details and to complete the survey please use the following link: