Assessing an Object (2 of 6)

How do I assess an object for packing? (continued)

The material of the object

The material of the object will generally dictate the kinds of packing method and storage that are required to protect it from deterioration.

Some materials, such as glass and ceramics, are naturally more delicate than others, and may need more support. Stone objects, on the other hand, tend to be more robust, and support will not be such an issue.

Materials that require very dry environments or more controlled relative humidity (for example, archaeological metals) can be packed in sealed boxes such as Stewart® boxes, with a buffering material such as silica gel, Art Sorb® or Pro Sorb®. For more information, see

Ultraviolet and visible light affect some materials more than others. Light-sensitive materials, such as textiles and paper, should be placed in packaging that will protect them from light damage.