Our inventory includes not only locating each object
and noting its location but figuring out what the object actually - is it glass or
plastic? a punch bowl or planter? We also check its condition and note details
for future comparison; make sure it is correctly numbered; and take photos of each
object, artists’ signatures, condition issues and other interesting details.
These activities require space and this museum isn’t any roomier than most other museums. Lauren found an under-utilized corner between the stairs and elevator where good (but not particularly useful) stuff had been stashed. After it was cleared, this space became our work station and photo studio. After nearly tripping everyone who walked by on the extension cords that were plugged in about 30 feet away, we called in the electrician to install more power outlets and a network connection so we could plug in BEHIND the table and work directly on the computer.
Inventory Setup in the Painting Vault