February 2018-February 2019

When an object arrives at a museum, it begins a “new life”: it will be studied, positioned, exhibited, restored, loaned and transferred and will be placed alongside many other objects.
‘The Secret Life of Objects’ offers a glimpse into this new life, looking at what museums do to care for the artefacts they are entrusted with. The exhibition will highlight four major areas of an objects life: documentation, storage, conservation and research.

The museum has approximately 321,000 objects in the collection. Taking care of this amount of material is a grand affair and ranges from new cutting edge scientific research to efficient documentation and storage. Alongside this, maintaining the condition of the objects through conservation and restoration.

This exhibition will display the museum’s current projects and offer a glimpse into the life of the Royal Institution of Cornwall’s collections.