Preservation on a global, local, and personal level has been a major and ongoing discussion this year. Advances in technology enable greater, more efficient methods of understanding, documenting and preserving our place in time. Still, much art and information is lost to war, natural disasters, and the aging effects of light, air, and contaminants. And, of course, accidents occur!
If disaster strikes, do you know who to call about cleaning and restoring precious photos, documents, and works of art? What if your grandfather's painting is fading, cracking, or flaking? Do you know how to care for recently inherited heirlooms? What is the life expectancy of the photos printed with an inkjet printer? What environmental factors prematurely age your collections?
Certified conservationists are accessible to everyone. They care just as much about your personal treasures as they do great works of the Masters. Conservationists are often found at local libraries, museums, and historical societies. Specialists can be found in professional directories; vintage clothing, for example, can best be restored by a textile conservator.
To find a conservator:
United States: http://www.conservation-us.org
UK and Ireland: http://www.conservationregister.com
If you have questions about proper placement, keeping, or restoration please contact me via email. firstname.lastname@example.org