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Treatment Conservation


Treatment conservation is aimed at stopping or delaying processes of deterioration, and/or improving the condition of art or artifacts, through direct intervention with the material fabric of the object. Because there's always a risk associated with treatment conservation, conservators always abide by ethics and guidelines laid out by professional organizations.

In general, conservators strive for:

  • Minimal intervention
  • Reversibility of materials and methods used
  • Full documentation, including before and after treatment, of all work undertaken

Treatment is where the magic happens!