To help museums, galleries and heritage sites to maintain their collections more effectively in 2016; the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has just published a new Success Guide called ‘Successful Basic Interventive Conservation’. This is the companion guide to Successful Collection Care and both have been published in English and Welsh thanks to funding from Welsh Government (Museums, Archives and Libraries Division).
The guide has been created to help museum staff and volunteers understand basic interventive conservation techniques, to carry out assessments on objects and to know when to seek additional advice from a professional conservator. This Success Guide provides an overview of interventive conservation and helps to determine how best to stabilise, clean and safeguard objects without removing evidence of their past life to ensure their survival and to aid the interpretation process.
Authored by Ciarán Lavelle and Lizzie Miller, Object Conservators at Birmingham Museums Trust, this Success Guide provides practical advice, useful resources and further reading for those who want to learn more about interventive conservation. All AIM Success Guides can be downloaded for free from the AIM website and all titles in the AIM Success Guide series have been produced to provide practical help to all size museums.
Speaking about the launch of this latest Success Guide, AIM’s Executive Director, Tamalie Newbery said: “This latest Success Guide from AIM has been created with the support of two professional conservators and contains easy to understand and practical information to support anyone that works closely with objects in their museum, gallery or heritage site. The guide will help people to carry out initial assessments on an object’s condition, to understand health and safety precautions and to know when to ask for help from a professional conservator.”