Environmental monitoring in museums

Preserving exhibits from damage is undoubtedly the number one priority for museums. The importance of this is further increased because of the liability obligation towards owners of priceless artefacts and loaned exhibits. Since many of these are climate-sensitive, it is incredibly important to monitor environmental conditions such as air temperature and humidity. This is no easy feat however, because of seasonal climate fluctuations and factors like number of visitors etc. Therefore continuous indoor climate monitoring is a necessity.


Why is creating the right indoor climate in a museum a challenge?

Preserving the exhibits from damage is of course a top priority for museums. This becomes particularly important with the liability obligation towards the owners of loaned objects and priceless artifacts. Since many exhibits are extremely climate-sensitive, suitable air temperature and humidity conditions are essential. This is not an easy job because of seasonal climate fluctuations caused by high numbers of visitors. You cannot rely on just the correct adjustment of the air conditioning systems. For this reason, comprehensive and continuous humidity and temperature monitoring is a necessity.



Museum climate can have a damaging affect on certain historical pieces


How does humidity and temperature monitoring with Wi-Fi data loggers work?

With testo Saveris 2, indoor climate monitoring is easy. Just place a Wi-Fi data logger in each location you wish to monitor. The Wi-Fi data loggers continuously measure temperature and humidity and wirelessly transmit the measurement data to the cloud (online storage). The data is automatically saved there (no additional storing on hard drives/servers is necessary). You can access these readings at any time, using your smartphone, tablet or PC. You are immediately provided with an alarm (by text or e-mail) in cases of critical temperature or humidity values and can react quickly to threats of damage.


How can a Saveris 2 system help me to preserve precious artifacts in the museum?

Once the Wi-Fi data loggers are connected to your wireless network (this is very simple), they are very reliable. Temperature monitoring is automated so you do not need to write down any min./max. values, read out data loggers, or sort the measurement data before saving. You can then access all your data via PC, smartphone or tablet, in order to check the values or to provide proof to auditors. Problems with updates or hard drive back-ups are a thing of the past.


Using a climate monitoring system ensures condtitions are kept stable


What advantages does a Wi-Fi data logger system have over traditional data loggers?

No more recording data by hand! The data from all your measurement locations is collected in the testo Cloud (even if you are measuring in several rooms or different floors of the museum). Also if you are planning on expanding, it couldn’t be easier to add additional loggers. You will receive a warning text or e-mail if temperature and humidity values are critical and can quickly take action to prevent threats of damage. The Wi-Fi data logger system simply offers you more security for the preservation of the exhibits.


With a Saveris 2 system museum climate can be continuously monitored without you having to lift a finger. The data will then be automatically collated, and sent to you as a report via email. For more information on Saveris 2 watch the video below:


The above video explains how Saveris 2 works


Transportation and shock

Whilst temperature and humidity monitoring is well established in the heritage sector, there is a growing demand to monitor artifacts in transit. During transportation an artifact may endure shocks to it from handling and vehicle movement, which could cause unseen damage to the artifact, which would be hard to rectify.

The testo 184 series can offer data loggers that will not only monitor and record the temperature and humidity, but can also monitor any shocks to the artifact during transit. Giving you a comprehensive data for the artifact during its transportation duration, which would allow for any action if necessary.


LUX testing

For museums in particular, light can be an important factor in the preservence of precious artifacts and paintings. Therefore it is crucial to make sure you have the right measures in place to monitor this. The sensor of the testo 540 LUX meter is adapted to the spectral sensitivity of the eye. This makes it ideal for the measurement of light intensity.


To find out more about Testo instruments why not visit our website www.testolimited.com/heritage or call us on 01420 544 433

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About Testo Limited

We offer an extensive range of instruments for many parameters and applications including; Temperature, Humidity, Velocity, Gas analysis, RPM, Pressure, Light, pH, Sound. testo instruments are widely used in the following sectors: HVAC-R: heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Process Industry: manufacturing industries, service companies and utilities. Food Sector: including food manufacture, transport, storage, distribution and retail. Thermal Imaging: for building surveys, maintenance, electrical inspections and production monitoring.

Posted on March 31, 2016, in Environmental, Facilities Maintenance, Facilities management, Humidity, News, Online, Safety, temperature and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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