Museum Maintenance Week

16 – 22 January

Throughout Maintenance Week, our Museum Maintainers will be doing what they normally do behind closed doors in front of our visitors at the Leeds museum.

Looking after the national collection of arms and armour is a big job and an even bigger responsibility. Many of our objects are extremely important in the history of arms and armour, and though they might not look it, many of them are quite fragile too. We have to make sure that the conditions we keep then in are just right.

This means keeping the galleries and the cases clean and dust free (dust attracts pests, which can cause untold damage to our objects), monitoring the environment carefully so that our many metal objects don’t start to rust, and making sure that our textile objects are kept safe from damaging light levels.

As well as looking after our objects, we also have a responsibility to help people learn and discover more about them. This means making sure that all of our object labels are up to date with current information.

We work hard to make sure that our objects are looked after to the highest standards. Usually this work is done behind the scenes, once our visitors have left for the day, but we wanted to share with everybody the kind of work we do on a day-to-day basis to care for our collection.

All Maintenance Week our Museum Maintainers will be carrying out this important work while the museum is open, and will be on hand to chat to visitors about the work we do. From 16-22 January, all week we will be:

  • Checking that our objects are not being damaged
  • Cleaning inside and outside the cases
  • Making sure our lighting levels are just right
  • Checking and replacing any labels
  • Checking our pest traps

If you see us at work please feel free to ask any questions. We’re easy to spot in our Museum Maintainer T-shirts!

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Museum Maintainer (Interpretation Officer) Sadie all ready for Maintenance Week – and #MuseumSelfie day!