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The Best Conservation Projects of 2020

It’s that time of year once again for our popular round-up of favourite conservation projects! Gathered from the most clicked on projects that we share with our followers on Linkedin, even though it’s been a challenging year for the profession, we haven’t been short of intriguing projects to marvel at. From analysis from the past now becoming treasures to reference, to new projects dedicated to preserving the new wave of protest art that has become so important in 2020. Which one is your favourite?


Cincinnati Art Museum, Paper Conservation Project

From Trash to Treasure

Where: Cincinnati Art Museum

Why? Learning from test and analysis is a key part of progress in the world of conservation and its interesting to take a step back and realise how far techniques and processes have come when old experiments are found. Done by conservators 30-40 years ago, take a look at these now treasured experiments that the Getty have helped found a new home for.

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Conservation of an ancient Obelisk at The Getty

Revisisting a Conservation Project

Where: The Getty

Why: The tallest object ever displayed at the Getty at about 19 feet and it weighing in at about 2.5 tons, the conservation of an ancient Obelisk was no mean feat. Two years on, the project is fondly looked back on in its entirety.

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Preserving Protest Art at the University of Delaware

Preserving Protest Art

Where: University of Delaware

Why? In a year of protests, Balboa Art Conservation Center’s new program, Preserve Community Art, kicked off with a project gathering and preserving social justice art. In a year that many of us will never forget, it’s important that these artworks are preserved for future generations to learn from.

Read more here.

85 rolls form the Kings Library arrived for conservation at The British Library

An Unexpected Delivery

Where: The British Library

Why? What do you do when 85 rolls form the Kings Library arrive unexpectedly at your studio in need of cleaning, repair, housing, cataloguing and a new storage space?

Find out here.

Continuing Art Conservation through a Pandemic by a conservator at Cincinnati Art Museum

Continuing Conservation through a Pandemic

Where: Cincinnati Art Museum

Why? While many conservation professionals were furloughed or quarantined, here’s a conservation treatment that continued during the stay-at-home period for one Cincinnati Museum’s paintings conservator.

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Conservator Diana Hartman microscopically reweaves a canvas at the MOMA

Compelling Viewing

Where: MoMA

Why? We featured this video in a previous round-up but it’s popularity means we couldn’t not feature it again! This hypnotising video see conservator Diana Hartman tackles the question of how to repair holes in the painting’s canvas by microscopically reweaving it.

Watch here.