The Canal & River Trust is using Tinytag temp/RH Ultra Radio data loggers to aid conservation measures in museum stores and galleries across two separate sites.
The Canal & River Trust is the charity entrusted with the
care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. CRT is also
responsible for three museums: the National Waterways Museum at
Ellesmere Port, Gloucester Waterways Museum, and the Canal Museum,
One of the most important ways that museums care for their
collections is through
preventive conservation. Fundamental to this approach is
storing collections in the right environment to minimise
deterioration, so it is essential that the CRT monitors temperature
and relative humidity in the areas where the collections are
The Trust is using Tinytag Ultra Radio data
loggers to record this information. The Radio Data Logging System
collects data automatically using wireless communications, and
sends it via a receiver for viewing on a PC, across a LAN, or
remotely across the internet. The Ultra Radio Loggers' discreet
design is ideal for unobtrusive monitoring in public areas.
The Canal & River Trust has five loggers at its site in
Ellesmere Port located in the stores and displays. There are also
three loggers in the displays at Gloucester Waterways Museum, and
the Trust soon aims to use the loggers across all three sites. The
loggers monitor the temperature and relative humidity to build
up a picture of what is happening in the stores and galleries, to
help assess the need for environmental control measures. In
general, museums aim for RH between 40% - 65% and temperature
between 10 - 21°C.
The Tinytag Radio System is an ideal solution for the Trust, as
it provides data from different sites that can be accessed using
their IT network at one central computer.
Margaret Harrison, Collections Manager at the CRT comments "We
had a really great service from Gemini Data Loggers. They helped us
to identify exactly what we needed and how the system would work
best for us and what we could achieve within our budget. The after
sales service has been brilliant too and there's always been
someone available to help."