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The Conservation Studios

Our Conservation Studios, based at the Highland Archive Centre, Inverness and the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, are staffed by professionally trained accredited conservators. (Contact details at the foot of the page). Find out more about our Conservation Studios including useful Conservation FAQs and Guidelines.

Preservation and Conservation

Prevention is better than cure, an important principle in the preservation of artifacts in museums and archives. Read more about Preservation and Conservation.

Conservation Services

The Conservation Studios provides a varied range of treatments for conservation and preservation. [Click here for a leaflet]

The service is registered on the Conservation Register.

Services available to meet clients’ needs include:

  • Conservation of archaeological objects, including stabilisation, cleaning, re-construction and repair.
  • Binding and repair of volumes, parchment, paper, seals, maps, photographs and plans.
  • Preparing documents for digitisation.
  • Production of bespoke boxes and folders for documents and volumes.
  • Collection condition surveys.
  • Advice on object handling, storage, materials, exhibition and environmental management inc. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies.
  • Advice on collections care, object handling, storage materials, mounts and display methods.
  • Training can be tailored to your institutions requirements covering handing, packaging, etc.

Case Studies

Tain Papal Bull

Tain Papal Bull Digital Copy in FrameWhen museum staff noticed that this fifteenth century Papal Bull from Tain was showing signs of deterioration, it was decided to employ our conservation services to help preserve this parchment document for future generations.

Click here to read more about the repair and conservation techniques we employed for the Tain Papal Bull.

Roman Wine Dipper

This 2nd century copper alloy Roman wine dipper, discovered near the village of Auldearn, required conservation to stabilise and arrest a chemical reaction known as active ‘bronze disease’ which, if left untreated, converts metal to powder.

Click here to find out more about the processes undertaken to conserve this exciting find.

Contact Us

Address: High Life Highland Conservation Service, Highland Archive Centre, Bught Road, Inverness, IV3 5SS

Telephone: 01349 781130

Email: [email protected]