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Biodeterioration risk index of exhibit present in museum galleries of tropical climate
Published in Routledge
Volume: 31
Issue: 3
Pages: 268 - 282
ABSTRACT: The objective of the study was to develop a fungal biodeterioration risk scale to suggest gallery wise management priority for the museum curators. Jorasanko Museum, Kolkata, India located in tropical climate had been selected for this study. This museum conserves exhibits of the family of first Non-Europian Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. Deterioration factors like viable spore load, species diversity, species dominance, relative humidity, air movement, maximum temperature, presence of SOx and type of exhibit present in that particular gallery in three seasons in the museum had been measured. A leaner equation was developed with the help of weightage given for the development of an equation using the primary data collected. The data coming from the equation were applied in a scale consisting low risk to very high risk of the gallery. The highest risk was found in the monsoon season (Risk > 4). Gallery containing library materials showed highest risk of deterioration (Risk = 4.19) at monsoon and lowest at museum lounge (Risk = 2.16) at winter season. The possibility of risk is more or less equal in summer and winter season. The museum authority can use the scale for indexing deterioration of exhibit of their museum too. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
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JournalMuseum Management and Curatorship
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