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Byzantine and Christian Museum :: About .::. Conservation Dept.

Conservators behind the scenes

  • Exhibitions
The Museums conservators play an active role in the various stages of its permanent and temporary exhibitions: They ensure that artefacts are moved safely, and that suitable lighting and modes of display are used. They also study and regulate the environmental factors pertaining in the Museums display areas, and monitor the condition of exhibits constantly.

  • Moving artefacts
Internal BCM regulations require every intra-Museum transfer to take place in the presence of a member of the security staff, an archaeologist and a conservator.
External transfers are carried out by accredited companies which specialize in moving archaeological and museum artefacts. Artefacts on the move are accompanied by a dossier documenting every stage of the transfer, the artefacts state of preservation, the conditions pertaining to the move, packaging, storage, and exhibition of the artefact.

  • Storage areas
The Byzantine and Christian Museums ultra-modern new storage facilities cover 1,000 sq.m. and were designed to facilitate the moving, storage and studying of the artefacts stored in it.
The artefacts are sorted by material and in accordance with the environmental conditions they require.
The modern storage systems are made out of stainless steel, and were designed to allow the storage areas to be emptied quickly in an emergency.
All storage areas are equipped with a fire-detection and extinguishing system, a system for monitoring environmental conditions, and closed-circuit television.
The Museum storage facilities are not open to the public, though the Museum does arrange tours for groups (students and others) by prior arrangement.