Heritage Preservation Guidance
for archaeological and historic metals
As trained conservators, we know the frustrations of wondering what is the best course of action for preserving our material heritage. Despite many decades of research in the sector, conservation is far from having all the answers and every artefact presents a unique challenge to our understanding. Working as part of an international community of scientists, we aim to shed light on some of the many unknowns in the preservation of heritage metals.
Our research supports those who are making decisions about preservation of historic artefacts, whether bench conservators, archaeologists, managers of archives or accidental caretakers of heritage. Working in our laboratories and on site we generate the data that allows us to develop guidance about interventive treatments and collections management protocols.
To fulfil our aim of producing advice that helps to preserve our rich metallic material heritage, we work in close partnership with the organisations who will ultimately use our guidance. Current and recent collaborators include Museum of London, National Museum of Ireland, the Tank Museum, National Museum of Wales, Historic Environment Scotland, English Heritage, The Mary Rose Trust and the SS Great Britain Trust. We also work with the Institute of Conservation and the American Institute of Conservation.