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Discreet temperature and humidity data loggers monitor and aid the longevity of remarkable museum collection

Tinytags are used to help monitor the conditions of the unique Stewart Collection, ensuring it is kept safe and preservation is maintained, in the Stewart Museum at Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum

Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum features the unique Stewarts Collection, consisting of the remarkable cultural and religious exhibits that traveller, adventurer, and collector Major Percy Marlborough Stewart and his wife Katharine brought home from their travels.

Percy and Katharine Stewart purchased Burnby Hall (then named "The Elms") in 1901, renaming it to "Ivy Hall." Together, they undertook eight world tours between 1906 and 1926 and brought back many of the artefacts which now form the Stewart Collection in the museum. During these adventures, the restoration of Ivy Hall was completed and work on the gardens progressed; by 1926, the Stewart estate had increased in size to over 3,000 acres, stretching as far as the village of Burnby and inspiring the renaming to "Burnby Hall."

The Stewarts left their estate in trust to the people of Pocklington upon their deaths; the Stewarts Trust was established in 1964, two years after the death Percy Stewart, and now runs the Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum. The horticulturally excellent Gardens are now a high-profile site of interest, attracting over 97,000 visitors every year. The Arts Council Accredited Museum is home to the unique, sensitive artefacts collected on Percy Stewart's travels.

Peter Rogers is the Assistant Estate Manager at Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum. He uses five discreet temperature and humidity data loggers to monitor the Stewart Collection: four Tinytag View 2 (TV-4506) data loggers with probes, and 1 Tinytag View 2 (TV-4501) data logger with built-in sensors. The five loggers are deployed to measure temperature and humidity within the museum, a small one-room building, as follows:

  • One logger within the main room to monitor the museum room space,
  • Three loggers beneath cabinets which contain key artefacts - a Maori cloak, tribal masks, and a lioness (taxidermy),
  • One logger to monitor under-floor temperature and humidity.

As the collection is diverse, ranging from tribal art and family exhibits to taxidermy, Peter uses all five loggers to ensure this unique collection is kept safe and preservation is maintained.

Data is collected from the loggers every month and assessed to ensure the temperature and humidity levels are correct and stable; this data is then saved in museum records. Any variances in the conditions are addressed appropriately to ensure the longevity of the artefacts.

Tinytags were included in the re-design of the Stewart Collection funded by a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant in 2007, and Peter has been responsible for their use for several years.

The Tinytags provide peace of mind with the care of the collection. Peter comments, "I have found Tinytag loggers to be very straightforward to use, robust and effective. They provide our museum with a proven and reliable method of monitoring our artefacts to help ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy them."

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