Artefacts are most prone to physical damage when they are not
handled, displayed or stored properly. The resultant physical
damage may not be beyond repair but necessary conservation or
restoration expertise is often costly and difficult to find.
- secure artefacts on display by using padding, wedges or shims
to support uneven bases.
- avoid using power tools near artefacts as excessive vibrations
may cause artefacts to tip over or weaken vulnerable areas.
- use both hands to hold and carry the artefact from its
sturdiest part, usually supported from underneath.
- ensure that ample help is available when a heavy artefact needs
to be moved. Never slide the heavy artefact across the ground as it
may get abraded or chipped. Use a trolley when necessary.
- adequately pack an artefact with acid free tissue and bubble
wrap when it needs to be transported from one location to
- avoid passing an artefact over to another person directly.
Always put the artefact down on a stable surface before allowing
another person to pick it up.
- have good quality mounting and sturdy framing for your
treasured painting as this will help to protect the artwork during
- attach light-weight backing boards to the back of paintings for
- resist the temptation to attempt do-it-yourself restoration.
This can often result in further damage to the artefact.