Preventive conservation aims to reduce the risk of deterioration and damage to an object or collection by controlling, as much as possible, the causes of damage. These preventive methods can be broadly divided into the following categories:
Preventive conservation does not necessarily require expensive or complex strategies in order to be effective. In many cases, an effective result can be achieved by applying common sense. Our conservators employ preventive conservation practices as part of their work, and can advise on the best strategies for you to implement in order to protect your object or collection from future damage. We also regularly undertake Preservation Needs Assessments, which are aimed at identifying factors which may have an adverse affect on the future preservation of a collection.