Collections | Conservation

The collections project: An adventure for the works’ benefit

What is a collections project ?
The term “collections project” encompasses a series of measures and procedures that are crucial for managing a museum’s showpieces. It is a key stage in the Scientific and Cultural Project of the Musée départemental de Flandre.

The collections project comprises :
- verification and review of current collections
- preventive and curative conservation measures
- display and protective supports
All with a view to improving what we know and how we showcase the works.

Why is a collections project under way at the Musée de Flandre ?
Before opening to the public again, the museum moved all of its collections – i.e. some 6,000 artefacts in total – into new premises.
The museum conducted a collections project to prepare for this move and for the installation of the 600 or so permanent exhibits.

Specific training sessions
Before embarking on the collections project, the team was trained in how to write up situation reports, how to handle and package works of art, how to clean and mount graphic art, in the preventive conservation of metal and so on.

The collections management team includes :
- the Musée de Flandre Director, who is responsible for the whole of the collection belonging to the museum.
- the deputy curator, who is tasked with managing the collections, coordinating verification and review, restorations and taking part in research concerning the works and publications
- the art work registrar, who coordinates the movements of works, draws up suitable display and protective supports, and helps to prepare the displays.