What is Conservation?
The Conservator is tasked with the long-term preservation of the collection. This is achieved through preventative conservation and treatment conservation.
The objective of preventative conservation is to slow down or stop different forms of deterioration. This is done primarily by creating a stable environment through controlled temperature and relative humidity, monitoring light levels, establishing a pest management plan, creating storage and display mounts, and ensuring proper care and handling guidelines are followed.
Treatment conservation involves detailed analysis, documentation, and the stabilization of damaged or deteriorating objects. The Conservator uses various techniques to clean, repair and restore damaged artifacts. The objective of treatment conservation is typically not to make the object look new, but to stabilize it, ensuring its preservation for future generations.
All work carried out by the Conservator is done in accordance with the Canadian Association for Conservation Code of Ethics.