Collection care and advice

Grimwade Conservation Services provide collection care advice and assistance on a variety of topics

  • targeted preventive conservation advice
  • the development of conservation strategy management plans
  • conservation surveys
  • condition reports for travel, loan or the purchase of artworks
  • disaster planning and recovery
  • integrated pest management
  • purchase of archival quality storage materials

Enquiries

To discuss collection care advice, please contact us: +61 3 9348 5700 or email gccmc-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au

Preventive Conservation

Preventive Conservation

The preservation of collections and cultural material is central to a museum or collecting institutions' core business. Preventive Conservation aims at identifying and reducing potential risk to cultural collections. Through focused actions and strategic management, Preventive Conservation slows deterioration and damage to cultural material collections.

Risk Assessment and Disaster Planning

Risk Assessment and Disaster Planning

Planning reduces the risk of an emergency turning into a disaster. Planning and protection of cultural collections requires identification of the most important agents which can cause damage. The Grimwade Centre can assist with a risk assessment and the development of a preservation management strategy for the collections, which includes a disaster management plan.

Collection Survey and Management Plans

Collection Survey and Management Plans

The Grimwade Centre provides collection surveys specific to your collection needs and required outcomes. This can include a focused collection survey which assesses the condition and conservation needs of individual objects in the collection. Surveys can inform the strategic development of collection management plans.

Conservation Mounting, Housing and Storage

Conservation Mounting, Housing and Storage

We custom-make archival storage and mounting systems for all types of cultural heritage materials. These include clamshell boxes, phase boxes, Mylar envelopes, folders, scroll and bark mounting systems, and acrylic display boxes.

Exhibition Support

Exhibition Support

The Grimwade Centre provides exhibition support in the way of: condition reports for travelling exhibitions, loans and auction; preparation of items for display; superficial cleaning and aesthetic treatment before exhibition; installation and deinstallation of exhibition items; preparation of items for travel. For example: custom-made, padded archival boxes; travel frames and backboards for paintings

We custom-make archival storage and mounting systems for all types of cultural heritage materials. These include clamshell boxes, phase boxes, Mylar envelopes, folders, scroll and bark mounting systems, and acrylic display boxes.

Significance Assessments

Significance Assessments

Significance assessment aims to clearly articulate the value and meaning of objects and collections, in order to make sound decisions about conservation and interpretation of the collection.