The Best Conservation Projects of 2020 So Far



It’s that time again where we look at the most popular conservation projects we’ve shared on our LinkedIN page, and there are a lot of them! We’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 and range from topical newspapers, an exploration of modern materials to treating a singing bird automation - it certainly is a mixed bunch.

Conservation Treatment of Early Canadian Abolitionist Newspapers (pictured main)

Although the treatment took place last year, we found this project to be of topical interest with special significance to the field of Canadian Black History. Book and Paper Conservation Services partnered with Western University to help preserve these important documents of Canadian history.

Take a look at the conservation of two important Abolitionist newspapers from Western’s collections here.

Plastic Makes Perfect: Exploring a Modern Material

Techniques to conserve and preserve paper, wood, paint and textiles are well known however the relatively modern world of plastics is one the industry is yet to fully master. But as so many items of modern day significance are made from a variety of plastics, the need to understand exactly how best to preserve plastics of all kinds is of increasing importance. The Getty Conservation Institute’s has introduced a Preservation of Plastics initiative, take a look at the research here.

Microscopically reweaving a 1907 painting at the MOMA