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Department of Conservation

The DMNS has adopted a broad spectrum strategy for collections care. This strategy places heavy emphasis on preventive conservation while still relying on traditional stabilization treatment for actively deteriorating objects.

The Museum Conservation Department was founded in 1990. Since that time, a tremendous commitment has been made to improve storage conditions and the majority of the collections have been rehoused. To further ensure the preservation of the collections the Department has embarked upon a major project to survey the most significant portion of the collections to identify and treat any actively deteriorating artifacts.

At the same time, the Museum Conservation Department is addressing objects on exhibit by surveying the permanent exhibits to identify priority preservation problems. Remedial measures are being taken and artifacts are being treated. Various measures are also being taken to prevent similar problems from occurring in new installations.

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  • Jude Southward, Department Chair and Museum Conservator
    [email protected]
    Master of Art Conservation (Objects), 1993, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada

  • Matthew Crawford, Museum Conservator
    [email protected]
    Master of Science in Art Conservation, 1995, University of Delaware

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General Collections and Research Information

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