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Collections Care


Collections Care

Looking after your collections is a big job but we can help you with it. We offer a range of services aimed at your collections care needs.


Collcare Healthcheck

Surveys, Management Plans and Collection Health Checks

Clifton Conservation Service provide conservation surveys, condition reports, conservation specifications, benchmark assessments, conservation management plans, and collection audits.

These assessments may be for a single object or for a larger collection, and aim to provide:

  • An overview of the condition of the object or collection
  • A priority list for treatment
  • An assessment of the causes of degradation or damage
  • A benchmark assessment of your collections care with a tailored report
  • A holistic management plan for improvements and future work
  • Recommendations with an action list, and costings, to improve the conditions for long term care of the collections

These types of surveys are helpful tools for funding bids and grant proposals and can help you allocate funds to the parts of your collection that needs it the most.

Get in touch and we can tell you more.


Collcare Housekeeping

Preventive Conservation Assessments and Reports

We can assess the suitability of your environment for the storage and display of objects and offer advice and recommendations on environmental control. Maintaining a suitable environment for your collection will reduce the need for more interventive conservation work in the future, and will reduce future costs.

Our preventive conservation assessments look at and recommend action upon:

  • Exposure to:
    • fluctuating environmental conditions such as relative humidity and temperature
    • light exposure
    • damage by biological agents
    • damage from chemical agents (such as gaseous pollution)
    • and environmental factors causing breakages and damage
  • Assessments of existing housekeeping programmes and advice, recommendations, or training

We can also help you produce a tailored housekeeping regime for your collection to combat long-term problems such as pest infestations.


Collcare packing

Storage and Packing

We have experience of the storage and packaging of a large range of materials and collections and can provide the following services:

  • Custom box-making for individual objects or small collections
  • Storage audits of collections
  • Repackaging collections in standard boxes
  • Packaging for loans and transit

Collcare Environmental

Environmental Monitoring

We can provide environmental monitoring for your sites, including stores, to ensure that they remain suitable for your collections. This includes monitoring for relative humidity, temperature, and light.

We are happy to do one-off or regular spot checks with an accompanying report. We also offer advice on monitoring programmes, collecting and interpreting environmental data, and providing recommendations in line with current best practice.

Get in touch if you would like to discuss your collection’s needs.


Collcare pest management

Pest Management

We can implement a programme of pest management at your property and provide training for your staff on what to do in the event of an infestation. We can also provide advice on pest treatment and help with identification of insects.

In the event of a pest infestation we can provide remedial treatment to reduce the damage to your collection including freezing and cleaning.


Make an enquiry

We welcome any enquiries about our services and aim to get back to you within a few days. If you have a particular project which you wish to discuss please get in touch with us.

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