Section for Preservation and Conservation

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Welcome to the Section for Preservation and Conservation

The group's aims are:

To promote information exchange and contact between members with an interest in preservation and conservation.

To participate in the development and delivery of training in the field and to provide support to members with training events.

  • To encourage research within the practice of archive conservation, the nature of archival materials and the causes of their deterioration.
  • To monitor developments in the field and to co-operate with other organisations with similar aims.

  

 In the following pages you will find details of:


Archive Conservation Training Scheme: Annual Lecture Week

Call for Papers

The ARA Archive Conservation Training Scheme is sending out a call for papers for its up and coming lecture week. This popular event primarily provides talks aimed at student conservators but is open to all members of the archive community and anyone who has a responsibility for the care, preservation and conservation of archive, library or museum collections.

We are calling for papers covering topics such as (but are not restricted to) -

  • Book, paper, parchment, photographic and/or archive conservation case studies
  • Surveying collections
  • Testing/identifying materials
  • Health and safety/using COSHH
  • Exhibitions and loans
  • Emergency planning
  • Standards/guidelines/ethics
  • Environmental control/IPM
  • Film and sound archives
  • Examination and identification of photographs/prints
  • Conservation science
  • Portfolio and interview techniques
  • Conservation advocacy

This year the lecture week will be fully virtual and all speakers will present from the comfort of their own home or workplace via Zoom in a webinar format, all papers will be pre-recorded. Papers are requested to be between 20 and 30 minutes long and will be followed by time for a Q&A held live after the sessions.

Any questions or submissions please contact Katie Proctor - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for submissions: 31st August 2021

Approximate date for lecture week: November 2021


Check here for regular conservation news, features and updates.  If you know of something that would benefit our conservation community we would like to hear from you.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       

Latest News..........  

  • Look out for new  Preservation and Conservation Training events to be posted shortly.  Fay Humphreys and Mark O'Neill, our very enthusiastic Training Officers who are ready to hear your suggestions on future training themes.  Please email Fay and Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  •  Our Archives Certificate Training Scheme is going from strength to strength under the excellent guidance of Katie Proctor, the scheme's registrar.  If you would like to know more about the scheme or chat to Katie about the possiblity of training as an instructor please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Would you like to find out more or join this Section?

If you have a general enquiry or would like to join this Section then please contact us.

Please get involved!

If you wish to engage with us or find others working in Archives, Conservation or Record Managers working in your Section or Region take a look at our ARA Community area, build your profile and start discussing!