About Conservation
Conservation is the preservation of cultural heritage for future generations. Find a conservation professional, learn about the field, and discover resources to help preserve the objects that are important to you.

Conservation SPECIALTIES

Conservators specialize in one or two areas of conservation.  These are common specializations:

  • Archaeology
    Objects, structures, and sites that constitute the archaeological record

  • Architecture
    Immovable properties such as buildings, monuments, and outdoor sculpture

  • Book and Paper
    Paper materials including art on paper, books, manuscripts, and library material

  • Electronic Media
    Conservation of artworks and cultural heritage employing durational, digital, electronic media, and 20th and 21st century technologies

  • Objects
    Archaeological and cultural materials from indigenous communities, decorative arts, and sculpture

  • Paintings
    Paintings in oil, acrylic, or mixed media and their supports, coatings and varnishes

  • Photographic Materials
    Media in film and composite objects like paper prints and albums

  • Preventive Conservation
    Assessing and managing deterioration risks for all collection types

  • Textiles
    Objects include carpets, tapestries, clothing, upholstered furniture, fiber art, and more

  • Wooden Artifacts
    Ethnographic carvings, furniture, upholstery, frames, and veneer / marquetry / boulle


Groups & Networks

Members can join groups & networks within our organization that focus on specific topics in conservation.