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Museums and other heritage preservation organizations are founded on the existence of artifact collections, historic buildings and other records of cultural experiences. The preservation of that heritage is our primary responsibility, so that it will be passed on to future generations in the best possible condition.

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Ask a Conservator

Museums and other heritage preservation organizations are founded on the existence of artifact collections, historic buildings and other records of cultural experiences. The preservation of that heritage is our primary responsibility, so that it will be passed on to future generations in the best possible condition. If you have a question about storing, handling or treating a family treasure Ask a Conservator at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.

Two main custodial functions are involved in preserving a collection:

  • Preventative Conservation
    The actions taken to stop or slow down deterioration and prevent damage. Examples of these actions include good storage conditions, limiting exposure to dust and high light levels, and careful handling. 
  • Treatment Conservation
    The actions taken to stabilize, modify, repair or restore objects with the aim to preserve aesthetic and historic values. Examples of these actions include washing textiles (when appropriate), and removing rust from metal objects.