Ethics and Standards
Professional conservators follow a Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. “…Conservation professionals assume certain obligations to the cultural property, to its owners and custodians, to the conservation profession, and to society as a whole…” Preamble, American Institute for Conservation Directory.
- 3-dimensional “objects"
- metals and other inorganic materials
- wood and other organic materials
Not familiar with conservation? Conservation also includes these disciplines:
- Preventive Conservation – this proactive conservation specialty analyzes cause-and-effect of environmental and material instability to apply solutions on the macro level to extend the lifespan of whole collections of artifacts and to reduce labor intensive interventive treatments on individual objects.
- Conservation Science – using tools from the worlds of forensic science and materials science, this branch of conservation specializes in analyzing material composition and deterioration over time and identifying new materials that can be used to preserve artifacts.
- Exhibit Conservation – identifying and integrating the needs of objects chosen for exhibitions into the designated museum space to increase their accessibility while reducing deterioration while on display
- Project Conservation/Conservation Management