Best practice model for conservation and preservation assessment plans for cultural collections (1999)
A conservation assessment plan is the first step in the process of conserving objects and collections for the future. Ideally, the conservation plan is used by those with responsibilities for objects and/or collections to help organisational planning.
The plan needs to methodically address all issues affecting the conservation of an object or collection including threats or risks to the object or collection. This should result in a prioritised set of recommendations or actions and suggested strategies for achieving them.
The preparation of conservation and preservation assessment plans is considered integral to the conservation and preservation of museum collections. Good conservation and preservation assessment plans involve assessment of priorities based on a knowledge of the significant items in a collection as well as records of the history and context of an object or objects within an organisation.
The following report was produced by the project consultancy team; Artlab Australia, the History Trust of South Australia and the State Library of New South Wales.
The final project report is in two volumes.