Recorded data helps identify seasonal environmental patterns to help with the preservation and conservation of sensitive items.
The Falkland Islands Historic Dockyard Museum in Stanley aims to
promote awareness and appreciation of the history and heritage of
the Falkland Islands and to protect and preserve this history for
future generations. The site includes galleries and outbuildings
covering social, maritime and natural history, the 1982 war, and
In early 2018, Gemini supplied two TGU-4500 data loggers
to record temperature and relative humidity information around the
site. This was the first time such environmental monitoring had
been used to identify any seasonal patterns. As the winter
progressed, the data loggers were used extensively, moved around in
various locations both upstairs and downstairs in the old part of
the main building and in a couple of the outbuildings including the
Printing Office and the RT hut.
From April to September they remained in the same place, and
downloading of the data was less frequent. From analysis of the
recorded data, the temperatures seemed to be consistent with
weather conditions whilst the loggers were placed inside the main
building. Once in the outbuildings, the temperatures were much
lower. This is due to a couple of reasons: the Printing Office has
a concrete floor and no heating, and the RT Hut does have electric
heaters but on a timer. However since the start of the tourism
season (around mid-October) the doors to these buildings are left
open during the day.
The downloaded data also showed that fluctuations in humidity
are much greater than temperature.
After a long winter, the intention is to carry on using the
Tinytags to make comparisons for the summer months.
Teena Ormond, The Museum's Records and Research Assistant
comments, "I have found the instructions on how to use the loggers
simple and easy to follow." Museum Manager Alison Barton adds, "It
has been really useful, seeing the fluctuations in temperature and
humidity. On one occasion, we noticed a striking rise in
temperature when we had an evening function on!"
loggers are an ideal solution for monitoring
temperature and relative humidity throughout museums and
archives to help preserve sensitive items. They can be used for
initial temperature mapping to provide seasonal patterns, and to
trouble shoot problems in specific locations. Recorded data can be
used to identify required actions such as heating, ventilation and
dehumidification controls, or relocating at-risk items.
Gemini Data Loggers has supplied many solutions such as this
over the years, including in another south Atlantic location:
archive project in Tristan da Cunha, part of the most remote
inhabited archipelago in the world.
The photograph shows the Costume Cabinet, where an Ultra 2
data logger is carefully concealed!