Our objective is to assist curators in the ongoing battle for museum conservation and preservation of artefacts using environmental monitoring solutions which are already installed in many museums such as the V&A, The Louvre & The Imperial War Museum.
Temperature & Relative Humidity
Works of art including materials such as metal, dyes and textiles
Temperature and relative humidity (RH) are closely interrelated. Some independent effects of high RH include increased biological activity and acceleration of chemical deterioration processes. The Hanwell data loggers and radio transmitters are well established as the go-to instruments for museum conservation. The ML4106 and ML4114 radio transmitters provide conservators with accurate tools to wirelessly monitor temperature and RH levels together. This recorded data can be used not only for alarms and historical data analysis but also to control humidifier or dehumidifier units as and when levels drift outside predetermined parameters, providing a complete solution to, temperature and RH management.
No bigger than a mobile phone, the HumBug smart logger is ideal for situations where logging may be temporary or for enclosing with a valuable shipment.
Light & UV
Works of art, furniture, photographs, textiles, books on display, in storage & in transit
In order to reduce and eliminate fading damage to the above materials the first step would be to monitor the light levels in areas where damage must be kept to a minimum.
Hanwell provides a range of instruments specifically designed for museums that enable curators and conservators to measure the levels of LUX and UV content of light to assist in identifying extreme exposure to artefacts on display or in storage.
Furnishings, wooden materials, textiles
Most commonly seen insect pests found to be devastating to museum conservation of artefacts include: Anobium Puncatum, generally known as the common furniture beetle or ‘woodworm’, has been perceived to be the main cause of damage to timber in the UK over the last 100 years. Carpet Beetle Larvae chew holes in textiles.
In the past museums have relied on expensive toxic fumigation to control insect pests in and around artefacts. These methods kill insect pests but leave harmful gases or residues on the artefacts.
Following extensive research and development, our insect pest control system (AnoxiBug) uses a 100% reliable anoxia treatment (low oxygen method) that is cost-effective and can be used by museum staff.
Hanwell EMS - Museum Monitoring in one central location
Real-time data anywhere, any time.
The Hanwell EMS software can be used with Hanwell Pro and Hanwell IceSpy hardware to provide a flexible and cost-effective tool for data analysis and immediate alarm notification 24/7. Hanwell EMS is also compatible with our Mobile app; Hanwell EMS Alarms. Click here for more information.
Monitoring parameters within critical areas like these can prevent further damage and assist with preservation processes.
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Temperature & Humidity monitoring for Bushey Museum
Hanwell’s centralised temperature & humidity monitoring system chosen by Bushey Museum to help secure Government Indemnity Scheme.Find Out More