S5.2 Storage Techniques for Art, Science, and History Collections (STASH): Storage Tips STASH Flash Symposium


Ms Laura Abraczinskas1

1Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, United States


Recent reports from ICOM and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the U.K. Museums Association, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) document the benefits and impacts that museums and collection-holding institutions provide worldwide. In order for users to fully benefit from collections, museums must be able to adequately access materials in storage. Recent reports also indicate that overcrowding and poor storage environments are a global challenge.

The SPNHC Storage Tips symposium is designed to highlight creative approaches to storing natural history collections, thereby facilitating their use for research and programming. The symposium will utilize a lightning round or “tips” format to highlight a broad range of short (5-10 minute) presentations on the following themes:
– Storage mounts or support systems that demonstrate ingenuity and utility. These can be scenarios related to disaster preparedness, impacts of changing regulations, moving collections, new solutions to old problems, public access to collections, sustainability, use of new materials, or collections digitization.
– Multi-function supports serving more than one purpose, such as storage, examination, travel, and/or exhibition purposes.
– Creative storage solutions for collections large and small.

Solutions for all natural history disciplines are sought including
–  Zoological specimens (all types of preparation)
– Botanical specimens (all types of preparation)
– Geological specimens
– Vertebrate and Invertebrate Paleontological specimens (including microfossils and nannofossils)
– Paleobotany specimens (including appropriate microfossils, nannofossils, cyanobacteria, and fossil palynology materials)
– Ethnography and archaeology

The presentations will be formatted for inclusion on the Storage Techniques for Art, Science and History Collections (STASHc) website The STASH website includes the original content of the SPNHC publication “Storage of Natural History Collections: Ideas and Practical Solutions” and the interdisciplinary editorial board is composed of representatives from a range of allied organizations, including SPNHC.

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