Museum collections include a wide variety of materials, many of which are vulnerable to damage and deterioration. When not on display, the collections are housed at Chilcomb House and F2 collection stores in Winchester where they are looked after by a team of conservators.
Their aim is to prevent the deterioration of the collections by making sure that storage and display will not cause any strain or damage to them. Our team of conservators provide a range of conservation services at our Chilcomb laboratories:
- General object conservation covering archaeology, social history, decorative arts and natural history
- Treatment of insect-pest infested objects using anoxic fumigation in a specially designed chamber or industrial-grade freezing
- Advice and training in preventive conservation and collections care. X-raying of objects
All the conservation staff have special training to equip them to deal with the collections effectively and can offer advice to members of the public on how to care for their own.