Research topic: Object conservation

The conservation of museum objects and our cultural heritage requires an ability to understand, record and address past, present and future changes in an object's condition.

Object conservators study moveable historical objects and the materials and techniques originally used to fabricate them, as well as ways in which the objects change and deteriorate over time and methods to preserve them. Such objects may have one or more cultural-heritage values. They may have been made at any time and in any place, by anyone and out of anything and for a multitude of purposes.

In order to preserve these objects it is necessary to understand their chemical and physical composition. It is also necessary to understand their appearance, significance, history, condition and environment. To achieve this we employ and develop research methods that draw on both the sciences and the humanities.

These results enable us to suggest how to treat the objects and the best climatic conditions in which to keep them. They may also be applied to argue in favour of one or more of the three most important conservation interventions:

  • Structural treatment
  • Cleaning
  • Visual re-integration

We also study, test and further develop traditional and new methods and materials for conserving objects.


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Published Feb. 5, 2013 12:16 PM - Last modified Nov. 29, 2017 1:44 PM