These links offer a selection of YouTube videos posted by various cultural institutions. Ford Center conservators have reviewed them, so you can be assured the simple and straightforward information about collections care is also reliable! Check out tips on basics such as vacuuming, storage, and handling of a variety of artifacts.


Collections Rationalization

Contents of a Museum Labeling and Marking Kit

Labeling and Marking Paper Objects in Museum Collections

Labeling and Marking Textiles in Museum Collections

Marking Museum Objects Using Starch Paste Method

Calibrating a Dial Hygrometer

Calibrating a Thermohygrograph


BC Museums Association: Your Museum Coach

Handling an Artifact

Making a Mount for an Article in Storage

Preparing Textiles for Storage

Minimizing Light Damage

Cleaning an Artifact


MinnesotaHistory: Conservation and Preservation of Heirloom Textiles

Materials You Need (Part 1 of 6)

How to Make a Padded Hanger (Part 2 of 6)

Storing Costumes in Boxes (Part 3 of 6)

Storage of Flat Textiles in Boxes (Part 4 of 6)

Storage of Quilts and Coverlets (Part 5 of 6)

Rolling Textiles on a Tube (Part 6 of 6)

Artifact and Rare Book Handling: To Glove or Not to Glove?


Kathan L: Winterthur Museum

Care in Handling, Introduction

Care in Handling, Chapter 1, Objects

Care in Handling, Chapter 2, Textiles

Care in Handling, Chapter 3, Paper 

Care in Handling, Chapter 4, Books

Care in Handling, Chapter 5, Paintings

Care in Handling, Chapter 6, Furniture and Wooden Objects



Preserve Your Treasures: How to Remove Photos from a Sticky Album

Preserve Your Treasures: How to Store Your Photographs


Mountain Heritage Center

How to Create a Storage Box for Museum Artifacts


Association for Materials & Methods in Paleontology

Cavity Mounts: Basics

Cavity Mounts: Variations

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