Collections That Can Kill: Safe Handling, Display and Storage of Hazardous Materials and Weapons

Presenter(s): 

Mark Hall-Patton, Museum Administrator, Clark County Museums System
Joe Kent, Director of Education, National Atomic Testing Museum

Moderator: 

Joseph Govednik, Curator of Collections, Foss Waterway Seaport

Track: 

  • Collections

Many museums and historic societies house dangerous materials, such as weapons and hazardous materials, in their collections inventories that have unique care, storage, and display requirements, both for the preservation of the object and the safety of staff and visitors. Often museum professionals are not versed in the proper care of such objects and even go so far as to inadvertently break the law or risk harm to others when displaying or transporting such items. This session informs participants in best practices for caring for dangerous items in the museum collection such as weapons and hazardous materials.

 

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