Managing and documenting any conservation work on particular objects, such as treatments to slow decay, repair damage or improve appearance.

This procedure is closely linked to Condition checking and technical assessment. Conservation interventions are usually the result of condition checks, and are often prompted by other procedures, such as managing a loan request. Conservation treatments will often be informed by scientific analysis of materials and other technical assessments. Conservators might also be involved in making bespoke supports or packaging for objects.

Conservation records are important and should form a seamless part of your collections documentation, even if the work itself is carried out by external specialists away from your museum.

Collections care and conservation - suggested procedure

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You should have a written procedure that explains the steps to follow when managing and carrying out conservation of objects. This suggested procedure, and the workflow based on it, are useful starting points. However you do it, your own procedure should meet the minimum requirements of the Spectrum standard. To see the workflow as PDF, […]