Glass presents a unique set of challenges to curators caring for collections. Glass is hard and chemically resistant but it can shatter easily and is susceptible to hostile environments.

This Technical Leaflet is a primer on how to care for glass artifacts, covering topics of storage, cleaning, repair and restoration, and display.

Barbara Lang Rottenberg explains the ideal museum environment for glass and the damage poor ventilation, lighting, and unstable conditions can cause. Handling and transporting glass is particularly precarious and tips for proper packing will help professionals prevent shattering.

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 14, Conservation: Some Basics..

Technical Leaflet #127 (1980)