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Conservation

Winterthur is a leader in the field of conservation and collections care. The Conservation Department includes 25 conservators, scientists, conservation assistants, preventive conservation aides, a lighting specialist, and a documentation image specialist who manage every aspect of collection care. Visit conservators in their laboratories during Conservation Clinics.

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Paintings Conservation
The Paintings conservator is responsible for the care of more than 380…

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Textiles Conservation
Textile conservators at Winterthur are responsible for about 20,000 objects such as…

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Scientific Research & Analysis Laboratory
Winterthur’s state-of-the-art Scientific Research & Analysis Laboratory is a research and teaching…

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Furniture Conservation
The Furniture Conservation Lab cares for and treats about 9,000 pieces of furniture…

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Objects Conservation
Objects conservators are responsible for the care of more than 47,000 objects in the…

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Paper Conservation
Paper conservation cares for almost 5,000 prints and drawings, including some of the…

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Books and Library Material Conservation
This conservation lab is responsible for the care of collections in the Winterthur…

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Conservation Clinic
Learn more about the condition, care, and recommended treatment for your antique!…

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Photographic Documentation
Documentation is part of every conservation assessment or treatment. Photographic documentation—the creation…

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Lighting Specialists
Because the energy from fluorescent lamps, visible light, and sunlight causes chemical…

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Conservation Videos

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Care in Handling General Session, Introduction
Introduction: Care and precautions to take when working with museum artifacts

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Care in Handling, Chapter 1, Objects
Introduction: Care and precautions to take when working with museum artifacts

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Care in Handling, Chapter 2, Textiles
Introduction: Care and precautions to take when working with museum artifacts

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Care in Handling, Chapter 3, Paper
Introduction: Care and precautions to take when working with museum artifacts

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Care in Handling, Chapter 4, Books
Introduction: Care and precautions to take when working with museum artifacts

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Care in Handling, Chapter 5, Paintings
Introduction: Care and precautions to take when working with museum artifacts

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Care in Handling, Chapter 6, Furniture and Wooden Objects
Introduction: Care and precautions to take when working with museum artifacts

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Care in Handling: Tall Case Clocks
Introduction: Care and precautions to take when working with museum artifacts

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Caring for the Collections at Winterthur – A Paugussett Basket
Introduction: Care and precautions to take when working with museum artifacts

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Caring for the Collections at Winterthur – Paintings Conservation
Introduction: Care and precautions to take when working with museum artifacts

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