The conservation and overall preservation of the museum collection is at the core of our work at the Archaeological Museum. We define conservation as a process that preserves artifacts so that they can be displayed, examined, researched and made accessible. Conservation often involves numerous processes including the following:
Recent Conservation Work
Even before the museum re-opened in December 2010, a team of four conservators examined, documented and photographed every object that was to go on view. Then each object was appropriately conserved. This sometimes involved cleaning the artifacts, removing and replacing unstable old repairs, or sometimes re-adhering fragments together to reconstruct the object from disparate parts. Over a period of months, nearly 700 objects were conserved, with some dramatic results. Here are a few examples of our most dramatic before and after conservation images. Please visit the Objects Stories page for more in-depth information on some of these treatments.
Another key component of the preservation of any collection is its safe and stable display. As part of the installation of the museum, four mount-makers were involved in making custom-fitted brass and steel mounts for each and every object on view. The purpose of a museum-quality mount is two-fold; to show an artifact to its greatest advantage, drawing the viewer’s eye to its most interesting or beautiful characteristics, but also to ensure that objects are safely supported.