Tinytag data loggers continually record temperature and humidity in museums, galleries and stores to assist with the preservation and conservation of the collections. These measuring devices help to identify when action needs to be taken to avoid damage to the items.
St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum is using seven Tinytag Ultra data
loggers in its galleries and stores to monitor the temperature
and relative humidity every ten minutes. This is important as the
collections can be damaged if subjected to high variations in
temperature and humidity. The monitoring equipment allows Museum
Curator Samantha Bannerman to check the conditions in which the
collections are displayed and stored, and to make changes to the
environment where necessary.
Data from the loggers is downloaded on a monthly basis, and used
to produce a report on the conditions of the galleries and store.
Based on the results, decisions can be taken, for example, to alter
the heating to specific spaces or introduce a dehumidifier if
Samantha comments, "Tinytag loggers are quick and easy to use in
the Museum, and they provide detailed readings that are invaluable
when it comes to maintaining the best possible environmental
conditions for our collections. They have a long battery life, and
their discreet design means that they aren't noticeable when
located in the gallery."
The St Andrews Preservation Trust aims to maintain and develop
the Museum as an integral part of its organisation and to document,
conserve and expand the collections in keeping with the collections
policy adopted as an Accredited Museum. The Trust aims to display
and interpret the collections for the enjoyment and education of
local residents and visitors to St Andrews and to support research
into the Town's history. The Museum purchased the loggers using a
Preventive Conservation grant from the Association of Independent
The image shows the Tinytag Ultra Data
Loggers and the thermograph equipment they replaced.