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Conservation Branch

Mission: To support NHHC and Department of Navy artifact conservation and preservation requirements by providing assessments, scientific analysis, artifact stabilization and treatment services, and dynamic training.


Vision: Develop into the Department of Defense's recognized leader in artifact analysis, conservation, and cultural heritage preservation training.


NHHC established the Conservation Branch (COBRA) in 2015 to provide a broad range of technical conservation and preservation services throughout the Collection Management Division (CMD) and Command.


COBRA is staffed by 5 full-time employees. These conservation professionals perform condition assessments and materials analysis; stabilization and treatment; artifact re-housing and storage solutions; and museum exhibit guidance and support. They also deliver cultural heritage disaster response training.


Current specialties include textiles, metals, and general objects conservation.


COBRA’s operations are located at NHHC’s Collection Management Facility (CMF) at Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR).