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Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (Boston, MA 02114-2702)
John D. Childs (Project Director: December 2009 to February 2011)
Developing a Master Plan for Environmental Improvements and Energy Conservation

Planning for sustainable environmental conditions in a centralized collection storage facility that houses nearly half of Historic New England's 110,000-item collection of decorative arts and household furnishings.

Historic New England (HNE) requests funding for a master plan to evaluate energy conservation options and control system upgrades at its collections storage facility in Haverhill, MA. HNE maintains the most comprehensive and best-documented collection of New England decorative arts and household artifacts in the country, a rich resource for scholars and exhibitions. Despite efforts since 1989, environmental controls at the facility have remained problematic. With the purchase of the building in 2006, HNE is now in a position to develop a comprehensive approach using all available techniques. HNE has assembled a multidisciplinary project team who can study the interactions of the building envelope and mechanical systems for the entire facility. Expected outcomes include cost-effective solutions that can be shared with other museums, as well as an improved storage facility that is financially and environmentally sustainable and can house expanded public programming.

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Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Preservation and Access

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2010 – 10/31/2010