British Museum - Department of Conservation, Documentation and Science

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The Bristish Museum's Department of Conservation, Documentation and Science works alongside other departments in the Museum to conserve and investigate the collection. The Museum has one of the oldest and largest conservation facilities in the world. The team of conservators work to clean, repair and stabilise the objects in the collection. The study of objects while they are being conserved contributes to a better understanding of the collections and the mechanisms by which they deteriorate. This information is important to the development of new conservation techniques and allows advice to be given on the best conditions for the display and storage of objects to prevent further decay. Scientists in the department provide insights into the past through research on the collection. Using both traditional and the very latest methods and equipment they are able to answer questions that help with the interpretation and understanding of the collection. The Collections Documentation Group manages the Museum's records of all the objects in the collection. This means updating and digitising more than 250 years of records from hand-written registers, catalogues and index cards to excavation and fieldwork reports. (extracted from website)

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Postal Address Department of Conservation, Documentation and Science The British Museum Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG
Phone +44 (0)20 73238279
Fax +44 (0)20 7323 8636
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The Bristih Museum maintains a searchable database on an extensive number of research reports.

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