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Research project

Assessment of museum environments in Jordan

This study seeks to identify suitable local environments conditions for the objects displayed at the Jordanian museums using the proper methods in order to contribute to the stabilization of these objects.

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Peter Akkermans

Most of the valuable excavated artifacts of Jordan end in the Museum of Jordanian Heritage or in its storage. However, the museums lack the necessary monitoring and control system needed to maintain temperature and humidity within the required ranges. Therefore these archaeological objects suffer from deterioration caused by the deferent surrounding environmental parameters and by mishandling. Also the lack of knowledge for displaying and interpreting upon the international standard is obvious. This study seeks to identify those suitable local environments conditions for the objects displayed at the Jordanian museums using the proper methods in order to contribute to the stabilization of these objects. The study also aims to analyze the extent to which museums in Jordan comply with international museum standards, so that they provide a safe environment for display and preservation of these valuable artefacts.

The first step towards achieving these goals is to monitor light, humidity, temperature, and air pollution over a specific period, using modern methods and measuring devices. Additionally, the variations in humidity, light, temperature and air pollution inside the museums will be compared with the variations of these factors in the exterior environment, to assess the degree of consequential fluctuations of these values inside the museums. Then the most suitable climate control measures to suit the Museum of Jordanian Heritage (which is considered to be the best museum in Jordan) will be searched for, together with a proper way for displaying, interpreting and marketing the museum within the local community.

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