Consultancy


Improvised improvement to textile storage in Qatar using materials and equipment to hand

Plowden and Smith offer a range of consultancy services to aid the preservation and display of individual objects and collections. Consultancy work can include detailed condition reports for objects being prepared for auction, transportation or loan, to training your collection staff in condition reporting. Reports can be produced with a variety of objectives in mind, such as identifying conservation treatment priorities or potential deterioration issues (such as damp and pest infestation) and can help with implementing a program of cost effective maintenance and budget management.

Grant Funding

We can provide documents to help satisfy grant funding bodies by writing specifications for large conservation and restoration projects that are required to go out to tender and provide reports for tender documents.

Environmental Monitoring

An example of condition reporting photography used to illustrate damage to textile collections

On site environmental monitoring is offered, including the measurement of temperature, relative humidity, vibration/shock and pollution (including both particulates and gas emissions). We are able to design and produce controlled, microclimate display cases and can give recommendations for environmental parameters in which an artwork is housed.

In-House Training

Our staff can provide a bespoke programme of in-house training for your staff and volunteers who are responsible for managing and caring for collections. Training can be tailored to address the collections management of private collections in historic houses or public collections in small volunteer run museums. A number of Plowden and Smith’s staff have previously worked for national and local authority museums and charities such as the National Trust, and they therefore understand the requirements necessary to meet good standards in collections care and management. Training can cover issues such as house-keeping, handling, packing and inventorying.