Historical archaeological collections are vital to the historical record and the interpretation of the past.

This Technical Leaflet is a case study of Alexandria Archaeology’s collection, a small museum housing 30 years of materials recovered from archaeological digs.

Barbara H. Magid, assistant director of Alexandria Archaeology, and Carol E. Snow, consultant conservator of Alexandria Archaeology’s National Science Foundation and Institute of Museum Services grants, explain the solutions Alexandria Archaeology implemented in three phases to address the poor condition of the collection.

The phases included surveys, the storeroom renovation, and rehousing and conservation of the objects.

The success of the conservation project resulted from applying for grants that provided much needed funding but  also forced the small museum to systematically plan the project in a logical and feasible manner.

The Alexandria Archaeology Collections Management Project TL#178 (1991)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 10, Collections Management.