With the new publication 'Risk management for collections' the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands hopes to provide the knowledge that is required to analyse and manage risks to collections. Which measures are most effective to reduce the likelihood of water damage in the museum? Does the lighting of the print collection need adjusting? Does the museum really need complete climate control?
Preservation and responsible use of heritage collections is a continuous fight against the threats facing them. Thousands of potential risks could lead to loss. Fire, water, theft, vandalism, pests, contaminants, light and UV radiation, custodial neglect: these are only a few of the looming threats to heritage collections.
Practical and useful
Every day collection managers have to decide how to best let the public enjoy our cultural heritage. They weigh the benefits of collection use against the risks for preservation. When resources are limited it is essential to allocate them such that threats of degradation can be minimalized as effectively as possible. Risk management offers a practical and useful approach for comparing the options and setting priorities.
This publication originates from the Dutch application Het Digitale Handboek Collectie-Risicomanagement (The Digital Handbook for Collection Risk Management, 2013) developed by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and is an English translation of the pdf version Risicomanagement voor collecties of the application that was published in 2016.