Introductory topics in art conservation

The following introductory articles on various topics in art conservation are meant to give you basic information on art conservation. These articles are a good place to start if you don't know anything about conservation yet.

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I have noticed many people own silk items of clothing or bedding and they are looking for information on how to care for it. There are plenty of sites telling you what to do. However, this article is written by a conservator! Read more here if you want a non-commercial viewpoint.

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Understanding psychrometric charts and dew points

Understanding psychrometric charts and dew points

The psychrometric chart is a really intimidating looking graph. You understand temperature and relative humidity, but you're just not sure what you're supposed to do with that dew point. What does that tell you? Find out here and get an extra explanation of psychrometric charts too!

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A compilation of important heritage conservation charters

A compilation of important heritage conservation charters

A compilation of the various charters, documents and international agreements on conservation of cultural heritage.

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Restoration vs. Minimum intervention

Restoration vs. Minimum intervention

Beyond the actual intervention and the look of the object, how do minimum intervention and restoration affect material culture?

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The Home Collection Game - How to take care of collections

The Home Collection Game - How to take care of collections

If you are interested in learning more about conservation but have absolutely no background or even know where to start, this course is for you!

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What is conservation?

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Short essay exploring the ways in which conservation can be defined.

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Thoughts on objects from dubious provenance

Thoughts on objects from dubious provenance

What do you do when you just don't know where an object came from? Is it legitimately owned by the person or institution who currently has it? Should such objects be conserved? This brief article presents some thoughts on the debate regarding the conservation of stolen material culture.

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Basic preventive conservation - 3 things to start you off

Basic preventive conservation - 3 things to start you off

It's a fact. We're not all conservators. We can't all sit down and fix objects just like that. So what can we do? Let's start with basic preventive conservation concepts.

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Integrated Pest Management - Fumigations and pesticides

Integrated Pest Management - Fumigations and pesticides

Why is it important to talk about insects and old fumigations in collections? It all comes down to Health and Safety.

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True Nature vs. the reversibility principle

True Nature vs. the reversibility principle

A short essay on the debate between the true nature of objects and the conservation principle of reversibility.

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