RE-ORG project overview: MUSO – Musée de société des Deux-Rives

The MUSO – Musée de société des Deux-Rives participated in the RE-ORG: Canada (Quebec) training program in 2016–17. Their mixed collection of 1500 objects was stored off site in a 100 m² space in the basement of a building belonging to the city.

Project leads: Mathieu Tremblay and Caroline Duguay

Main storage challenges

Space containing several objects stored on shelves before RE-ORG

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Figure 1. Before RE-ORG: objects were hidden from view. The objects had been stored in this space temporarily when the previous space had had to be vacated quickly.

Some objects placed directly on the floor before RE-ORG

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Figure 2. Before RE-ORG: the use of the space was not optimal as some objects were placed directly on the floor. The objects had been stored in this space temporarily when the previous space had had to be vacated quickly.

Costume collection stored improperly before RE-ORG

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Figure 3. Before RE-ORG: improper storage of the costume collection. The objects had been stored in this space temporarily when the previous space had had to be vacated quickly.

Project details

In just over a year, the MUSO was able to make the following storage improvements:

Moving the collections out of the basement and into a more suitable room during RE-ORG

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Figure 4. During
RE-ORG: moving the collections out of the basement and into a more suitable room on the second floor of the building.

Storage of archaeological collections after RE-ORG

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Figure 5. After RE-ORG: storage of the archaeological collections.

Bottles stored in bins after RE-ORG

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Figure 6. After RE-ORG: storage of the archaeological collections. An example of objects stored in bins.

Rolled storage for textiles after RE-ORG

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Figure 7. After RE-ORG: rolled storage for textiles.

Costumes hung on garment racks after RE-ORG

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Figure 8. After RE-ORG: costume storage solution.

Costumes hung on garment racks with dust covers after RE-ORG

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Figure 9. After RE-ORG: costume storage solution with dust protection.

The project was completed in 150 days by 2 team members during phases 1–3 and no more than 6 team members during phase 4 (Table 1).

Table 1: timeline and breakdown of project phases
RE-ORG phase Number of days to complete Number of team members
1. Getting started 30 2
2. Storage condition report 30 2
3. Storage action plan 30 2
4. Storage reorganization implementation 60 2 to 6,
depending on the task

The RE-ORG project cost $36,474. More than half of this amount was allocated to staff time and external contracted services (Table 2). Less than a quarter of the budget was spent on tools and storage furniture. The MUSO was also successful in securing a $9,987 grant from the Museums Assistance Program for the project.

Table 2: budget breakdown
Budget item Amount (CAN$)
Staff time 32,438
Tools, supplies and materials 3,359
Storage furniture 478
External services (such as contractors) 200
Total project cost 36,474

Based on the RE-ORG Self-evaluation Tool for Collections in Storage (PDF Version), the MUSO made improvements in all four RE-ORG components: “management,” “building and space,” “collection” and “furniture and small equipment.”

The results in Table 3 show that the “collection” and “management” components saw the largest improvements, with respective increases of 35% and 33% (Figure 10).

Table 3: self-evaluation results for storage
RE-ORG component Score (before) Score (after)
Management (maximum of 42 points) 13 23
Building and space (maximum of 54 points) 26 35
Collection (maximum of 51 points) 13 32
Furniture and small equipment (maximum of 33 points) 22 25
Graph illustrating the percentage of improvement according to the scores from the self assessment tool of the RE-ORG project at the Musée de société des Deux-Rives, details below

© Government of Canada, Canadian Conservation Institute. CCI 132794-0043
Figure 10. Graph illustrating the percentage of improvement to the scores for the RE-ORG self-evaluation tool, calculated by comparing scores before and after the storage reorganization project.

Description of Figure 10
RE-ORG component Percentage of improvement
Management 33%
Building and space 17%
Collection 35%
Furniture and small equipment 9%

Lessons learned

Based on the experience of the MUSO, the following should be considered in future RE-ORG projects:

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