Preventive Conservation


How do you safeguard the items in your museum? This resource guide looks at practical steps you can take to ensure the protection, safety and security of your collection. It includes information on planning for emergencies and risks and preventive actions.

Preventive conservation is the practice of safeguarding the items you have in your care. It begins the moment you accept an object into your collection. It is achieved by practising:

  • effective control of your building’s environment
  • safe handling and display techniques
  • good
  • pest management
  • effective security
  • planning for emergencies.

Looking at your museum through a preventive conservation lens will reduce the likelihood of damage and decay and avoid unnecessary, and often costly, remedial treatment or loss of valuable items.