‘Your museum must have a plan to maintain and, where possible, improve the way you care for and conserve your collections.
This plan may be a separate collections care and conservation plan, part of an overall collections management framework or in your forward or business plan.’
(Accreditation standard, November 2018)
ICON, the Institute of Conservation, is the lead voice for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK. It provides the recognised source for finding professionally qualified conservator-restorers in the UK and Ireland: Conservation Register at ICON.
This guide provides a practical foundation to understanding ‘preventive’ and ‘interventive’ conservation of collections. It highlights the decay mechanisms affecting objects in museums and explains how to monitor them and what to do to make sure that objects have as long a life as possible.