It’s not just the collections that make your museum special. Behind each object are the in-depth knowledge of your curators and the technical and scientific expertise of your conservators. The processes of acquiring, conserving, interpreting and displaying your collections are backed up with good-quality research, while scientific analysis provides the most comprehensive understanding of every object you hold. Every member of staff has a role to play, carrying out lab work, compiling research papers and applying for grants.
Their work is crucial to the public reputation of your museum – preserving and repairing damaged objects, providing consultation services for other museums and collectors, and finding answers to some of the great technological and historical questions of our times. Doing so, one major goal is finding new techniques or new materials, which serves back in conservation. Your staff will welcome the support ZEISS can offer - from light to electron to X-ray microscopy.
Museums bring people into close proximity with precious cultural treasures and works of art. All are unique and valuable. Each is vulnerable to damage. Many can only be shown in public thanks to the diligent behind-the-scenes work of conservators. Conservators ensure the safety of objects and are immensely important to the overall success of the museum. Theirs is a discipline requiring a wide range of technical skills, supported by extensive knowledge of materials and methods of making.
And all of it grounded in care and sensitivity around the ethics of conservation. But it’s not always just about conserving the status quo. Sometimes objects are so badly damaged that careful restoration is necessary. This requires research, analysis and complex decision-making on the most appropriate methods and materials for re-establishing the character of the original artefact.
Museums are treasure troves of information. The challenge is ensuring access to that information for everybody who wants it – including people unable to visit your museum in person. Digitization is a powerful ally. Digitizing collections with high-resolution reproductions of individual objects enables museums to share good-quality copies in a wide variety of formats across different media. It also benefits research. Virtual networking enables researchers from around the world to access your collections, share findings and fit the pieces together in a huge global cultural jigsaw.
Digitization projects require input from everybody on your team. Conservators need to check the status of individual objects and establish the best conditions for the process.
The size, shape and material composition of objects dictate which methods for digitization will be most appropriate. Digitizing paintings, drawings, prints and other two-dimensional objects is often relatively straightforward. But some museums have embarked on the more complicated process of digitizing sculptures, with 3D renderings capturing every detail of objects in the round.
ZEISS products will also assist in the digitization of textual information, tying data from archives and libraries together with the museum object, providing packages of research and educational resources that are invaluable to the users of your service. And get deeper insight into the samples.
Your museum is brimming with learning and engagement potential. The collections you display provide tangible links between people, their culture, their history and the natural world around them. Your exhibitions are exciting and inspirational and offer learning opportunities that are practically boundless. To fully realize that potential, engaging the audiences you’re committed to reaching, you need to invest in new strategies and techniques.
ZEISS will help you extract the maximum benefit from smartphones, tablets, multimedia platforms and other digital hardware. Your learning programs, microscope days and other public events provide the time and space to engage with audiences. Digital learning and virtual reality resources offer all the scope you need to take those experiences to the next level.