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The conservation and collection care department maintains the Museum of London’s collections, conserving and protecting the treasures of the city’s history.
Conservators are able to use their specialist skills to stabilise fragile and deteriorating objects and carry out often painstakingly careful cleaning so that they can be put on display.
Sometimes fragments of damaged objects are put back together, or missing parts of the object are filled, to make it whole again – these are processes known as ‘restoration’, a term which is often confused with ‘conservation’, which refers to the stabilising and cleaning of the object.
An important part of the department’s work is collection care, where we ensure that temperature, humidity, light, dust and pest levels in the displays and stores are carefully controlled. Much of this work cannot be physically seen, but without this the bulk of our collections would be actively deteriorating.
Although there are conservators specialising in most materials within the conservation profession, in the Museum of London we have conservators in the fields in which we have the most needs:
The Museum of London actively supports museums and archives in the greater London area. For more information on how to handle, store and protect museum objects, view our e-learning and self-assessment tools.
Following the recent advice from the government and Public Health England surrounding COVID-19, the Museum of London and the Museum of London Docklands will be closed to the public as of Thursday 19 March.
The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and community are of utmost importance to us and this decision is in response to increasing concerns surrounding COVID-19.
We will continue to closely review the advice from Public Health England and monitor the current situation of COVID-19 to keep people up to date on our plans.
Please check www.museumoflondon.org.uk for updates from the museum.