Conservation at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery is an integral part of the care and management of the collections.
The Conservation Laboratory is sited at the Highland Folk Museum in the new Am Fasgadh Store & Educational Facility. Artefacts from Inverness Museum collections and the Highland Folk Museum collections are assessed and treated, these include Archaeology, Social History and Natural Sciences collections.
Much of the work undertaken in the laboratory involves maintaining the existing collections and assessing and stabilising newly acquired material including archaeological finds. The aim is not only to clean and preserve these artefacts, but to investigate them for any information that they might contain.
Conservation and collections staff are also actively involved with preventive conservation, which involves managing and monitoring the environmental, biological and physical factors that will influence the stability of collections in store and on display.
Examples of some of the artefacts and potential problems – tarnish, bronze disease, breakage and pests.
Conservation of Archaeology and Historic artefacts
We are aiming to develop a conservation service aimed at local museums, or other
cultural / heritage organisations or groups, to include:
· Object conservation, stabilisation & treatment
· Condition surveys
· Training courses / days for collections care or basic conservation
For information, advice or to discuss conservation requirements please contact