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Under the roof of the Collections Centre, the various collections of the Swiss National Museum, the workshops of our conservators and restorers and our conservation research operations, the object logistics centre, lending department, object registration and photographic studio are brought together. The modern infrastructure enables staff to expertly apply their skills and experience in preserving and maintaining our extensive collections. A seminar room and work spaces are available for Collections Centre guests.

The Swiss National Museum’s Collections Centre commenced operations in 2007. The Centre has fundamentally changed the way our collections are managed and maintained, and the cooperation within the group of museums. A new style of collaboration transcending the boundaries of the separate departments and the various establishments of the museum group has been ushered in. Bringing the different departments together under one roof has enabled us to completely reorganise the workflows and processes within the Collections Centre and the National Museum, and a new level of professionalism has been achieved. The architectural, technical and operational infrastructure that was envisaged, planned and implemented is at the centre of this new era of museum cooperation, and provides the foundation for all our activities.

 

Markus Leuthard

Deputy Director, Geschäftsführer Sammlungszentrum, Member of the management board , Head of Conservation – Restoration

Collection Centre Directors and Management +41 44 762 13 60 markus.leuthard@nationalmuseum.ch

Departments

The Object Centre oversees the operation of the Collections Centre and the appropriate and professional storage of the objects held by the Swiss National Museum. It comprises the following departments: logistics, storage management, lending, print office and shipping, as well as the photographic studio. Lending is the only department that works directly with external parties.

M.A. Bernard A. Schüle

Deputy Head of the Collection Centre, Head of Object Centre and Registrar, Curator, Ethnography and Technology

Collection Centre Object Centre +41 44 762 13 40 bernard.schuele@nationalmuseum.ch

The main task of the conservators and restorers in the Collections Centre is the conservation, and thus the long-term preservation, of the objects held in the collections of the Swiss National Museum. As part of their preventive conservation work, they undertake specific measures to counteract processes of deterioration and protect the objects against detrimental factors such as light, pests, climate fluctuations and mechanical stresses. As necessary, and to the extent possible, our conservators and restorers professionally restore objects in the Swiss National Museum collections. They also assess loan requests and prepare objects for internal exhibitions and for lending to other institutions. Much of this preparation involves the production of object mountings and racks or supports in the Centre.

Depending on training and the specific features of the object or material being handled, our conservation and restoration operations are divided into three departments, each with different areas of specialisation.

Markus Leuthard

Deputy Director, Geschäftsführer Sammlungszentrum, Member of the management board , Head of Conservation – Restoration

Collection Centre Directors and Management +41 44 762 13 60 markus.leuthard@nationalmuseum.ch

For a fee, external institutions and scientists have access to the services of the Conservation Research Laboratory. In consultation with the client, our laboratory offers analyses to address the specific issues and problems presented. The following services are available:

  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis of glass, metal alloys and trace elements in metal objects.
  • Determination of pigments, precious and semi-precious stones and corrosion products.
  • Determination of organic materials such as fibres, organic coatings, adhesives and preservatives.
  • Production of cross-sections of a range of materials.
  • Verification of biocide load in objects.
  • Testing of materials for toxic emissions (Oddy test, pH value analysis).

The team will be happy to give you detailed information and advice.

Dr. Katharina Schmidt-Ott

Head of Conservation Research

Collection Centre Conservation Research +41 44 762 13 73 Katharina.Schmidt-Ott@nationalmuseum.ch

About the Swiss National Museum

The organisation, duties and responsibilities of the Swiss National Museum are regulated by the Federal law on the museums and collections of the Swiss Confederation (Bundesgesetz über die Museen und Sammlungen des Bundes, MSG) of 12 June 2009. Since its entry into force on 1 January 2010, the SNM, comprising the National Museum Zurich, the Château de Prangins, the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz and the Affoltern am Albis Collections Centre, has been a public-law institution with its own legal identity, which organises itself and maintains its own accounts.

Under the MSG, the SNM is subject to supervision by the Federal Council, which exercises its oversight function in particular by electing and discharging the Museum Council and approving the annual report. The Federal Council sets out the strategic objectives of the SNM, usually for four years; the achievement of these objectives is reviewed annually.

Pursuant to the Museums Act (Museumsgesetz), the organs of the SNM are the Museum Council, the Management Board and the auditors. The funding of the SNM is determined by Parliament every four years in the government’s cultural policy statement (Kulturbotschaft), most recently at the end of 2015 for the period 2016-2020.

Museum Council

Under the Federal law on the museums and collections of the Swiss Confederation, the Museum Council ensures the implementation of the strategic objectives set by the Federal Council and reports on their achievement.

Back row, l to r:

Pio Pellizzari (Member up to December 2018, Director of the Swiss National Sound Archives in Lugano),Fulvio Pelli* (Member, lawyer and notary public), André Holenstein (Member, Professor at the University of Bern)

Front row, l to r:

Marie-France Meylan Krause (Member, Director of the BIBEL+ORIENT Museum at the University of Fribourg), Sandrine Giroud* (Member, lawyer and Director of the Art Law Foundation in Geneva), Tim Guldimann (President, political scientist, diplomat and politician), Ladina Heimgartner* (Vice-President, Director of Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha and Deputy Director General of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG)), Stefano Stoll (Member, Director of Festival Images and exhibition curator)

Not in picture

Sonia Abun-Nasr (Director of the Vadiana Cantonal Library in St. Gallen)

*Members of the Finance Committee

Management Board

Pursuant to the Museums Act, and subject to approval by the Federal Council, the Museum Council appoints the Director of the Swiss National Museum and, on request by the Director, the other members of the Management Board. The Director presides over the Management Board, is responsible for the operational management of the Swiss National Museum, recruits staff and represents the institution externally.

From left to right:

Dr Heidi Amrein (Chief Curator), Beat Högger (Head of Museum Operations), Dr Andreas Spillmann (Director), Helen Bieri Thomson (Director, Château de Prangins), Markus Leuthard (Deputy Director, Head of the Collections Centre), Barbara Meglen (Assistant to the Director)

* Member of the Management Board
** Member of the extended Management Board

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