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What causes physical damage?
We've all accidentally dropped or crushed a favorite object. Physical damage can also occur over time; have you ever stored a soft object beneath a heavier one or created a permanent crease in cloth by folding it for too long?
Museum conservators consider all causes of physical damage when planning safe storage and display, including catastrophes like earthquakes or building collapse.
How do you keep objects safe from physical damage?
Don't crowd objects in drawers or cabinets!
Do give each object adequate space and padding. Give enough space so objects do not touch each other!
Do make storage and display mounts that fit each object!
Do pick up fragile objects with both hands! ... and support them at the base.
What can you do at home?