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Lock, Stock and Barrel: Firearms Collecting for Museums Webinar

  • 15 Jun 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MDT)
  • http://www.connectingtocollections.org/lock-stock-and-barrel-firearms-collecting-for-museums/

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Have you ever been offered a firearm for your collection? Have you been unsure how to handle the donation or the legal status of the gun? How do you manage the preservation of a firearms collection currently in your museum?

In this webinar, we will take a look at laws that govern the firearms and how museum can ensure they are legally obtaining weapons. We will also address the care of firearms as composite objects, made of both organic and inorganic materials in close contact. This can result in complicated deterioration reactions that make balancing storage conditions a challenge.

The webinar will cover the basics of how to assess the condition of firearms and how to use that data in management decisions. We will include best practices for preventative conservation treatments, the basics of disassembly for examination and cleaning, storage, how to safely display guns, and how to transport firearms when necessary.

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