Conservation in Practice
When an object arrives in the Conservation Department it will have its condition assessed. Photographs are taken and a written record made. Scientific analysis may be carried out to investigate the object before any treatment is undertaken.
Hands-on treatments will take various forms depending on the object’s condition. The main aim is to stabilise the object and reduce further deterioration. Harmful corrosion products and dirt are removed and a surface coating may be applied to help prolong the objects life.