Advice & Guidance

Conservators

Conservator's workshopSome maintenance and repair tasks may require input from a professional conservator. Examples include the cleaning and repair of wall paintings, stained glass, historic brasses, alabaster tombs or precious textiles. Generally speaking, it is best to start by commissioning a report to examine the problem and suggest potential courses of action.

The more information you have about the object and its condition the easier it will be to control costs and find the best solution. Once you have the conservator's report you will be in a good position to think about fundraising and obtaining the necessary permissions. As before, it is important to make sure that your chosen conservator has a level of knowledge and experience appropriate to the task in hand.

You should therefore ask for details of previous projects and take up references to make sure that they have the relevant skills.

The Institute of Conservation (Icon) is an excellent source of advice relating to the care of objects including glass, furniture, stone, textiles, books, metalwork and paintings. They can provide guidance on working with conservators and commissioning conservation reports. Icon is also responsible for the accreditation scheme for conservators, known as PACR (Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers), and can help you to identify suitable individuals from their Conservation Register.

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