Preventive conservation

Preventive conservation supports a museum’s primary purpose to ensure that its collections are available for current and future generations. The benefits of preventive conservation will only be seen in the long-term, however they need to be planned, financed and executed to provide the best possible care at the present time. It should involve everyone that works for the museum, as all have a role in preventing damage to the collection. Most preventive conservation involves common sense, good housekeeping and communication.

This fact sheet from Signposts to Collections Care: a self-assessment pack for museums was written by South West MLA and offers advice on how prevent damage to your collection by preventive conservation.

Click on the link on the right-hand side to download this resource as a PDF.

Date created: 2006

Author: Wiltshire County Council

Publisher: Museums, Libraries and Archives Council