Conservation

Conservation aims to preserve cultural heritage for future generations, and can include interventional treatment or preventive care. Currently, our focus at the University of Alberta Museums is on preventive care, which strives to prevent or mitigate damage to objects through the creation and maintenance of a protective environment whether in storage, on exhibit or in transit. We can also provide advice and facilitate treatment intervention when necessary.

For assistance and advice on conservation-related activities such as those noted below, please contact:
Museums and Collections Services, 780.492.5834

Conservation-related activities

  • Care and handling of museum objects
  • Packing of museum objects for transportation
  • Object condition and treatment assessments
  • Storage cabinets, materials and methodology
  • Exhibitions (e.g., materials, mounts and light levels)
  • Integrated pest management, including pest monitoring and dealing with pest infestations
  • Emergency preparedness and operations continuity (note: a campus-wide plan is under development)