Preservation Reports, Surveys & Training
Consultations and on site condition surveys of collections are available.
Planning and implementation of a collections preservation program is also
Advice is available by appointment or on-site.
Assessments are provided for the following:
When considering a Purchase
An independent assessment of the condition and implications of
purchase of works on paper or parchment is provided along with
potential costs of remedial treatments, housing, transportation and long
term implications of ownership. Photographic documentation is also
provided where possible.
Custodians of Collections requiring advice on the current state and long term care of the collection.
When holding an exhibition.
Exhibitions Consultation Conservator
The safe displays of parchment and paper artefacts are met using museum standards. Services include condition
assessments, incoming loan checks, remedial treatments, advice on the environment, (relative humidity,
temperature and light levels), object support, installation of artefacts, post exhibition condition reports and de-
installation of artefacts.
If disaster strikes.
Disaster Response, Consultant Conservator
Quick response is vital for the successful recovery of damaged artifacts. If
necessary on site assessment can be carried out to evaluate the situation
and organise recovery and treatment of damaged works.
Removing mould spores from
a parchment document using a HEPA
filtered vacuum cleaner. Wearing a
mould filtering mask plus hat Julie
went on to removed all of the housing
materials from the Indenture as they
were badly effected by mould.
Written assessment of artifact or collection damage and
repair for Insurance purposes is available. Damage reports
consist of a full condition report, examination, photographic
documentation and prognosis of the effects the damage may
have on the artifacts long-term preservation.
A bag of wet bank notes. Left untreated,
wet artifacts will develop mould damage,
which is harmful to our health. Damage
limitation was undertaken to dry to notes
quickly so they could be handled,
recorded & processed by the Insurance
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When deciding to loan an artifact
Assessment of an artifact condition prior to loan. Recommendations for
transportation, display criteria, environmental considerations, and
condition check on return from loan.
Ensuring the stability of an archive for exhibition.
The Magna Carta on the left and other historic documents on the right are safely housed during
Following discussions with the client a plan is put in place as to the
overall goals of the survey. Work generally includes individual artifact
description, identification of process, condition assessment, treatment
priority level and storage requirements on Excel spreadsheet.
Recommendations for the conservation and preservation of the collection
are provided in an executive report.
Data entry onto Excel spreed sheets
during collection survey work.