Treatments > Preventive Conservation
"Preventive Conservation: Preservation principles are
based on the premise that preventing deterioration and damage
is preferable to, and should always precede, active intervention
by restorative treatment."
ANLA Preservation Policies And Procedures Manual For Small
Archives, Association of
Newfoundland and Labrador Archives, 2000.
"...10 years ago preventive conservation was looking at
the object. Then we widened our borders to see objects in their
physical context, the room, the climate, the building. This
was the first political jump. Now I seeand this is very
recently that the next jump is its context in society.
Whats the role of that building in that community?" Luiz Souza
Conservation: a Discussion, Conservation: The Getty
Conservation Institute Newsletter, Volume 15, Number 2, Summer
2000, Getty Conservation
"Conservation treatments are no longer carried out as a matter of course, but only in those cases where the conservator considers intervention is necessary for the stability of an item. 'Necessity' can often be a consequence of earlier treatments that have not withstood the test of time and have broken down, damaging the object. A good example is that of an adhesive which has become brittle, discoloured or shrunk.
"The conservator will always choose to keep any intervention to a minimum level, carrying out research to find the most suitable and least aggressive method. Every stage of the treatment is fully recorded and documented and after the object is returned to display or storage its condition will continue to be assessed..."
Preservation & Prevention, Ashmolean
Museum, University of Oxford.
"...The actions taken under the banner of late-20th-century scientific preventive conservation are reworkings of traditional good housekeeping. And I don't mean just good housekeeping of collections but of building maintenance as well. If you look back to William Morris writing in the 19th century, he espoused ''little and often,'' which is what preventive conservation is in the context of building conservation." Sarah Staniforth
Sustainable Access: A Discussion about Implementing Preventive Conservation, The Getty
Conservation Institute Newsletter Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 2004, Getty Conservation
Commentary 20: Preventive Conservation, Commentaries to the Guidelines for Practice, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works read
Caring for Your Treasures, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works read
Preservation & Prevention, Ashmolean
Museum, University of Oxford read
Museum Handbook, National Park Service
Chapter 3: Preservation: Getting Started, 1999, pages 3:1 to 3:6, skim remainder
Chapter 4: Museum Collections Environment, 1999, read introductory pages to each section, skim remainder
Chapter 13: Museum Housekeeping, 1999, read 13:1 to 13:12, skim remainder
Historic New England
Environmental Conditions in Historic House Museums read
Roundtable looks at simplified environmental control systems in historic house museums read
Managing the Museum Environment, Chicora Foundation, Inc., 1994 read
Historic Housekeeping Handbook, Minnesota Historical Society, 2000
Knowledge bank, Explore our views on collections conservation, National Trust
Conserv-O-Grams, Museum Management Program, NPS
Environmental Controls (additional reading and bibliography) AIC
Heaver, Melissa. Housekeeping for Historic Homes and House Museums, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2000. Amazon
The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping: The Care of Collections in Historic Houses Open to the Public, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005 order, Amazon
Merritt, Jane, Julie A. Reilly, Lucy Lawliss. Preventive Conservation for Historic House Museums, Rowman & Littlefield, 2010, Google books, Amazon