Artifact Rehousing

The Peterborough Museum & Archives is responsible for the conservation of all objects and archival material entrusted to its care. Conservation is defined as all actions aimed at the safeguarding of cultural property for the future. Conservation can be separated into two categories: preventive conservation and treatment conservation.

Preventive conservation is the first priority, where preventive conservation is defined as: the measures taken to retard deterioration and prevent damage to cultural property through identifying, avoiding, blocking, and modifying the agents of deterioration found in museums and archives. Agents of deterioration are:

  • Physical Forces
  • Thieves and Vandals
  • Dissociation
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Pests
  • Pollutants
  • Light, Ultraviolet and Infrared
  • Incorrect Temperature
  • Incorrect Relative Humidity
Conservation treatment

A qualified conservator carries out conservation treatments on objects and archival material in the Peterborough Museum & Archives collection. Conservation treatment is defined as: any action taken to modify, repair or restore (as appropriate) cultural property to a known earlier state with the aim to preserve aesthetic and historic values and incorporates ethical practice.

Conservation treatments for objects and/or archival material are prioritized under the following criteria:

  • requiring emergency treatment or stabilization
  • historic or artistic significance
  • required for exhibit or loan
  • required for educational programs

To Learn More:

Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property
Canadian Association of Professional Conservators
Canadian Conservation Institute
Fleming College, Collections Conservation & Management Programs
Queen’s University, Masters in Art Conservation