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Preventive Conservation

Although treatment of an object may sometimes be necessary, treatment alone is not sufficient to preserve collections for the future. Objects inevitably deteriorate, but our objective as preservers of material culture is to slow the rate of deterioration as far as possible. Preventive conservation efforts aim to reduce damage and deterioration to collections by improving their environment. Measures include areas such as Controlling temperature, relative humidity and pollutants; Archival housing; Loan documentation and packing for transport; Integrated Pest Management; Cleaning and housekeeping; Emergency preparedness and response; Handling procedures; Hazardous materials.


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