Preventive conservation of cultural heritage collections can be described as a broad mixture of actions that are undertaken to protect, to avoid damage, to stop or mitigate damage or loss to collections without working on the object itself.

It is a matter of approaching objects with care, giving attention to responsible use, manipulation, transport, storage and exhibition. It combines a caring attitude with education and training. Its cost varies from few, as in careful handling, to more expensive, as in boxing documents in acid-free boxes, to very expensive, as in providing adequate storage room.

Preventive conservation is the domain of every person who comes in contact with cultural heritage collections, publicly or privately, as professional staff or as private collector or as volunteer.

To understand the principles of preventive conservation better and to learn how to act responsibly towards cultural heritage you are involved with, basic education and knowledge is a must.


This is what we do:

We offer basic education in preventive conservation for different parties. Our courses cover the same principles and measures, but are adapted to the profile of the parties concerned. We cater as well to staff as to interested general public, adults and children alike.