Documentation of your artefacts is important, as during times of
loss or theft, it will help to provide vital information that may
lead to the recovery of your items. Documentation should include
details of dimensions, provenance, date, usage, material and
Follow these basic
- Take photographs of the artefact in two views - overall and
close-up. Remember to include close-up views of any important
details e.g. inscriptions or markings.
- Include a scale of the artefact's image e.g. using a ruler in
- Note down vital information such as type (e.g. painting,
watch), material, identifying marks such as inscriptions, markings,
dimensions and the date or period when the artefact was made.
- File the information and photographs in a secure place,
separate from the artefact