Collections | Conservation

The new premises

In September 2008, the Musée de Flandre collections were moved into new premises, built especially for housing its showpieces under the very best conservation conditions.

The climate is controlled (atmospheric variations are factors in the deterioration of works) and natural light is kept strictly out.

These premises include :

- packing and unpacking room for protecting the works of art before they leave or upon their return. This large room is also used by conservators and is equipped with all the necessary tools (ventilators, worktops, projectors, etc.).

- A quarantine room: all artefacts made up of organic matter (wood, textile, etc.) must, before being properly incorporated into the collections, spend 40 days in this sealed room. In this way, if the work comes back infested by insects, it is isolated and can be treated in the decontamination room before being returned to the storage premises.

- A decontamination room: this room is where anoxia is carried out in the event of infestation.

- Work storage areas: these are air-conditioned, their temperature stabilised between 18 and 19°C and humidity levels kept between 50 and 55%. The collections have been archived by type: sculptures, gemstones, furniture and paintings have been grouped together, as have ethnographic works and works in composite materials. Lastly, graphic arts and textiles are stored together.