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