Collections can only benefit present and future users if professional standards of care are applied to ensure their long term survival. Conservation work is part of everything we do. It takes the form of both prevention and cure.
Prevention ensures that artefacts and specimens are stored and displayed, where possible, in the most appropriate conditions to limit deterioration caused by light, humidity, insect pests or even incorrect handling.
The conservation cure is applied when new objects are donated to the museums in need of attention or as a result of collections surveys which identify at-risk specimens.
The Museum Service has its own conservation laboratory and facilities at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre.