The security and protection of exhibits in a museum or gallery whether from
theft or damage requires the same risk assessment techniques as for the safety of
A good theoretical approach is available from Euronova's distance
learning programme. This was originally developed in 2003 in conjunction
with the Government Indemnity Advisor at the time and with input from many
heritage security managers. For those with less time then advice is
available from the current National Security Advisor at ACE and his recommended
risk has been assessed (both probability and severity) then layers of
security between the visitor and the object need to be planned. These
should be a balance between the three security themes of:
- invigilation (assistants, guards),
- physical security (e.g. display cases, security screws, barriers),
- electronic security (sensors and alarms, cctv).
These are built up as separate layers often with a different technology (theme) for each layer. Examples are available on request
Heritage sites are being squeezed by rising wages and lower
funding which makes it critically important to re-assess the
most effective balance between these three security themes.
Clive Stevens of Euronova can explain how other museums and historic homes
have managed this dilemma and improved security.