What is conservation?

Conservation makes our cultural heritage accessible. It is carried out by trained professionals and follows a methodical approach, following consultation and thorough examination.

Conservation is an interdisciplinary field involving studio practices, science and the humanities. Conservator-restorers specialise in specific materials or object types. Conservator-restorers may work independently or alongside fellow professionals such as curators, librarians, technicians, engineers and educators. They can be freelance, part of a studio or part of a heritage organisation.

A conservator-restorer works on projects and/or is involved in the holistic preservation of a heritage collection. He/she will understand and respect an object’s historical and cultural integrity, apply chemically inert and reversible treatments and follow established professional standards (see ICRI Code of Conduct).

We value heritage.