As necessitated by the material nature of our diverse collections, the Office has now 8 specialized units, namely Paintings, Photographs & Prints, Historical Documents, Textiles & Natural History Specimens, Organic Materials, Ceramics & Inorganic Materials, Metals and Archaeological Finds, to deal with the conservation demands from our client museums, Art Promotion Office and the Antiquities and Monuments Office. Operating from 13 purpose equipped conservation laboratories, specialist conservators will conduct detail examination on the physical condition of objects, formulate treatment proposals, implement the treatment plans, monitor the condition of the objects after treatment, and maintain documentation records for the objects. On the side of preventive conservation, they will identify what specific display and storage conditions are required for the well-being of the objects and how the museum environment can be modified to suit the conservation requirements. Also, they will research on the suitability of different conservation methodology as well as the composition, reversibility, permanence, properties and compatibility of various conservation materials for use on cultural objects.
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