Round the clock monitoring is essential for preventive conservation of sensitive items in the historic cricketing collection.
MCC is probably the most well-known cricket club in the world.
Lord's is not only an internationally renowned cricket ground, but
also holds events in the iconic Pavilion, runs visitor tours and
owns the most comprehensive collection of cricket artefacts and
books in the world. These include fine and decorative art,
photographs, clothing, archive material, books, sports equipment
and, of course, the Ashes Urn.
Data loggers were required to provide continuous temperature and
relative humidity monitoring 24/7, something that hadn't formerly
been practical - previous monitoring with hand-held devices was
difficult during functions and on match days, or when staff in the
small department were on leave.
The museum chose Tinytags to provide the solution because they
are a proven, widely used tool within the museum community. Heather
Lomas is Collections Assistant at MCC Museum, responsible for the
care and cataloguing of the objects within the collection, and she
and the Arts & Library Team chose 10 indoor Tinytag Ultra 2
TGU-4500s, and one robust outdoor Tinytag Plus 2 TGP-4500
data logger to provide the temp/RH data collection.
The data loggers are set up in the museum, archive, library and
in other locations that have collections material on display in the
Pavilion. The Plus 2 data logger is set up outside to record the
external temp/RH so that the internal/external differences can be
Monitoring is vital because of the comprehensive nature of the
data it provides. None of the buildings, some of which are listed,
are purpose built for collections, so the team need to know how to
react to environmental conditions throughout the year. Also,
because the museum lends and borrows objects, an accurate record is
needed to satisfy lenders that conditions are suitable. The data
will be incorporated in facilities reports for loan documents, and
if any problems arise with objects or the data highlights areas of
concern, charted evidence can be provided to the Estates Department
Heather comments, "The competitive cost of the Tinytag data
loggers meant that we could initially start with 11 loggers, which
is a real help, but it will be possible to add more in the future
as funds allow and new spaces incorporated which may need
monitoring. I can attest to their ease of use I'm looking forward
to downloading the data and seeing the charts we can produce!"
Cathy Clark from Gemini Data Loggers is delighted that Tinytags
were chosen for this prestigious location. "The TGU-4500 is the
ideal choice for easy and straightforward indoor monitoring and can
be relied upon for accurate and reliable recording over long
periods if required."
Above image: Tinytag TGU-4500 data logger
Thumbnail image: Tinytag TGU-4500 data logger in The Long
Room, the heart of cricket's grandest clubhouse