Heritage Conservation Centre

Collections Care

Some of your most treasured heirlooms may have survived the test of time unblemished and intact, but what about the others that have not? Carrying out preventive conservation measures is very important. This helps to prolong the "life" of these treasures. It also helps to minimise the devastating effects of agents of decay such as light, humidity, temperature, pests, pollution and physical damage caused by accidents or mishandling.

Damage by Pests

Pests can cause damage to organic artefacts such as textiles, paper and wood as they eat away the materials from which a...

Damage from Pollution

The effects of indoor pollution are intensified if artefacts are kept within an enclosed environment for a long period.

Documenting Your Collection

Documentation of your artefacts is important, as during times of loss or theft, it will help to provide vital informatio...

Fading and Discolouration

Watercolours, photographs, dyed textiles, paper and coloured surfaces tend to discolour, fade and become structurally we...

Fungal Growth and Corrosion

Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can be highly detrimental to organic materials as they promote mould growth on ...

Physical Damage

Artefacts are most prone to physical damage when they are not handled, displayed or stored properly. The resultant physi...