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Museum Microclimates On-line Course

SKU: ms242


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A microclimate is the environment immediately surrounding an artifact. Microclimates designed for optimum storage, display, or treatment conditions can be created and maintained in showcases, storage cabinets, rooms, or plastic bags. This course covers the basics of creating and maintaining microclimates, including discussions of suitable enclosures and appropriate means of controlling humidity, temperature, pollution, and oxygen. Learn what constitutes a microclimate, how to use silica gel and other environmental control materials, how to reduce internally generated pollutants, and techniques for monitoring the microclimate you have created.

Course Outline:

1. Introduction to Microclimates and History of Microclimates

2. Components of a Microclimate

3. Microclimate Enclosures

4. Passive Environmental Controls

5. Active Environmental Controls, Pollution, Case Leakage

6. Monitoring a Microclimate

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