Preventive Conservation looks to strategies and solutions that prevent damage and delay the
deterioration of collections and room interiors. Identifying, controlling or eliminating the underlying causes and agents of decay greatly enhances the longevity of artworks and artefacts.
In the first instance, a collection survey will identify problems, recommend actions, equipment and, where appropriate, professional help. The survey may be as initially detailed as requested, but will include enough information to be used subsequently as a working document. Goals will be set in consultation with the client, to be met in a prioritised order.
Example of an unique solution to the display of this tapestry fragment, after research and ethical deliberations. Loyalty to the spirit of the interior of the Queen Mother's sitting-room was of great importance in the decision-making process.The treatment is, of course, reversable.
17th century English tapestry fragment, Queen Mother's Sitting Room- Glamis Castle- Click here for more information
- Collection Surveys
- Collection Storage
- Condition Reports
- Conservation Plans
- Development of funding plans for HLF and other funding
- Disaster plans
- Display Cases
- Environmental Monitoring
- Environmental Control
- Exhibition Design
- Housekeeping Plans
- Pest Monitoring
- Reports in support of Funding Applications
- Textile Conservation
- Textile Cleaning
- Staff training
- Supervision of collection moves
Presentations and Staff Training include:
Irreplaceable Treasures: Planning and Management for the Safety of Collections and Interiors Before, During and After Events | Planning for Safe Filming in Historic Houses | Textile Wrapping and Storage Workshop
Condition reports and databases provide a detailed
record of changes to the collection. Best practice
for establishing a safe environment in which to
display collections begins with monitoring
and interpretation of data. Subsequently
the conservators will then maintain the
environment within set limits indicated
by the nature of the collection.
The conditions that cause moulds to grow,
and support the activity of destructive insects
must be dealt with, as there is little point in returning
a conserved object to the same conditions that damaged
it in the first place.
We will advise on environmental questions as well as
plans for the safe display of furniture, artworks and artefacts in a manner which retains the history, character and unique identity of each collection. We are committed to supporting this policy through using subtle and minimal conservation to stabilise objects and delay deterioration.
The installation of microclimate-controlled
cases and the designing of collection
displays within them, are part of our
integrated approach to collections care.
The conservators at Albion Conservation
Consultancy provide staff training for
many conservation issues. Our services
include visiting the properties in order to
collect data, and carry out conservation tasks.
We are able to bring in other expert advisers as required by
Current international research on preventive conservation informs our work and methods. The list noted here forms only part of our portfolio of services.
As our core speciality, we have an international reputation for
Please contact us to discuss your requirements,
P. Hughes and M MacDonald, Conservators,
Albion Conservation Consultancy.
Phone UK: 0131 447 4543 / 07984477998
USA: 707 632 6841