Whether extending the life of a collection or preserving a family heirloom we can help you find a solution that suits your individual needs. Between us we have over 40 years of conservation and restoration experience in the UK and abroad, including collections care and preventative conservation.
If your object has been damaged you may want it restored. Surface and structural losses can be replicated to a high standard, improving aesthetic qualities of an object after damage has occurred. The materials we use are conservation grade, reversible, and selected to prevent damage to the object.
Condition Assessment and Surveys
Condition reports are essential when valuing, insuring, or lending objects. Surveying a collection takes a snap shot of overall needs of the group and is an important part of planning storage and maintenance strategies.
Loan Exams and Installation
Loan exams document the condition of an object and identify any special requirements for packing, transport, environmental conditions, and mounts while on display. We have experience supervising packing and installation to ensure that artworks can be lent safely.
Many objects are greatly improved through surface cleaning. Often dust and grime will emphasis small areas where the object is cracked or the surface is abraded. Cleaning can also address old or inappropriate restorations where the original has been covered with an unwanted layer of paint.
Carefully laid out storage can save space while making collections more accessible. It is important to consider to what extent environmental conditions can be controlled and how to mitigate serious risks such as fire and theft.
Examination & Conservation Photography
We have experience examining objects with complex conditions and can provide digital photography under UV light. We can help arrange other types of imaging with commercial contacts.
If your object is going into storage, we can rehouse it using archival materials to ensure it is protected for the future.
We have experience with the elemental analysis of inorganic objects using XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) and ESEM-EDX (Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled with Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy).
Analysis using these and other techniques can be arranged via Cranfield Forensics Institute.