Art and Me
Workshop 1 – What is Conservation
Like environmental conservation, conservation in a museum works towards preserving our world and history, but focuses on cultural heritage. At the Freer and Sackler we focus on the conservation of art works, but conservators also safeguard architecture, historic objects and other things important to our cultural heritage. Conservators are the people who carry out this work, together with the collection, design, exhibition, and curatorial departments of the museum. In art conservation we first try to prevent damage from happening to art and will take action if any damage occurs. Along with conservation scientists, we also study the materials and techniques used to create works of art. This helps us understand the history of the object, as well as the best way to conserve it.
For more information about conservation, check out our conservation page.