Priceless historical & cultural relics are displayed in museums all over the world. When not on display, these priceless items are archived for future generations, therefore, requires strict indoor environment and absolute perfect storage conditions. In Taiwan's high humidity conditions, maintaining proper storage must be perfected.
Common moisture related problems faced in museum preservation
- High humidity environments encourages pests and mold growth on paper, textiles and parchment, and promotes rust on metal. Humidity that is too low can cause objects to become brittle.
- Organic objects in particular absorb and release moisture depending on the relative humidity of the ambient environment therefore requires stable humidity control.
- Oxygen in the air will cause artifacts containing metal in high humidity environment formation of oxidation, inducing loss of surface gloss, rust, corrosion.
Control the exposure to humidity and moisture is the best possible solution to avoid these expensive, complex restoration project of ancient artifacts. If the relative humidity can be controlled, microbial and/or bacterial growth will be inhibited and metallic objects will not oxidize. Therefore, moisture controlled environments are a must for preserving priceless historical relics for future generation.