I’ve been working closely with Conservation Fellow Julia Commander from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation on the rehousing of a collection of linen mummy wrappings. Many of these wrappings had been placed on or around old acidic cardboard scraps and put inside manila envelopes, causing more harm to the already fragile ancient wrappings.
Julia and I developed new housing for these mummy wrappings that contain the wrappings and allow for enhanced accessibility. Each linen wrapping was carefully placed on acid-free board and put inside an archival box, and the acidic cardboard was removed and replaced by foam that supported the foldings of the wrappings. The box holding the tray of wrappings was then placed within a large bag to contain the wrappings. By attaching custom drawers made of corrugated board to the inside of a large archival storage box, the wrappings could be safely stacked within the storage box, and easily removed and returned as needed.
The mummy wrappings were placed inside these manila envelopes and stored within this large bin many years ago.
The cardboard pieces were removed and replaced with foam, and placed atop acid-free board and put within an archival box.
The boxes containing the mummy wrappings were placed within a large polyethylene bag, as shown here.
The boxes containing the mummy wrappings could then be stacked without putting pressure on the box below it.