As heritage institutions seek to use their collections in ways never previously considered to engage audiences and raise desperately needed funds, this often has the unintended consequence of increasing vibration exposure, e.g. increased transportation, construction of new facilities or hosting music events near collections.
Vibration exposure is cumulative: changes may not be visible until the point of catastrophic failure.
The research aims to address this real-world and increasingly urgent challenge faced by the heritage sector in understanding and addressing the risks to collections of exposure to vibration to minimise the risk of damage and the associated loss of value (in all senses) entailed.
The project focuses on practical outcomes addressing the needs of heritage end-users and suited for use within public facing organisations presenting, interpreting and safeguarding collections, and sensitive to available resources and expertise, other infrastructure and operational needs and curatorial concerns.