A demolition and construction project occurring very close to the Museum which started last year had the potential to cause problems for many of our artifacts both on exhibition and in storage. Working closely with the Exhibitions Department, the Registrars’ Office, the Building Operations Staff, and outside specialists, we began to assess possible impacts on our collections and to take measures to prevent damage. Some of our most vulnerable monumental objects on exhibition have had to be deinstalled for their protection.
Project Conservators have now completed the triage treatment and deinstallation of the Tomb Chapel of Kaipure in Lower Egypt and the Buddhist murals in the Chinese Rotunda. Meanwhile another Project Conservator is completing the review of the approximately 50,000 artifacts in Egyptian and Asian Storage and stabilizing those that need assistance before they can be moved to a safer location. Staff conservators are working with other Museum staff to monitor artifacts on exhibition as the construction next door proceeds.