Conservation Resources

Conservation Resources

Along with the selection of eJournals regarding conservation that the NGI Library and Archives subscribe to, the list below outlines a selection of free online resources that can assist with conservation research and practice.

International Council of Museums-Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC)

Comprising of more than 2600 people from every continent, ICOM-CC aims to "promote the conservation of culturally and historically significant works and to further the goals of the conservation profession". The ICOM-CC website acts as a useful resource offering international conservation news and downloadable literature.

Institute of Conservators-Restorers In Ireland (ICRI)

Organisation representing conservation professionals across the island of Ireland. Website offers news and event information of interest to conservators in Ireland.

ICON: The Institute of Conservation

UK-based conservation charity, membership organisation and professional body. Non-members can avail of much of ICON's online resources including care and conservation material guides, training advice, annual reports, and articles.

Getty Conservation Institute (GCI)

An international research institution dedicated to advancing conservation practice in both art conservation and architectural conservation. The institute's website offers a range of information including GNI projects, teaching and learning resources, past lectures and conferences, and a selection of publications (many of which are free to access). 

Conservation Perspectives: The GCI Newsletter

GCI newsletter features articles on areas of conservation practice, projects and activities of the Institute.

AATA Online

Another great conservation resource from Getty, AATA (Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts) Online is a free research database containing abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.

The Art Newspaper: Conservation News

The Art Newspaper is a monthly print publication, with daily updates online including regular conservation news/articles.


CAMEO: Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online

Developed by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, this online encyclopedia contains many useful conservation resources such as the Fiber Reference Image Library (FRIL) and the CAMEO Materials Database containing "chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials".

Collection ID Guide

A free tool from The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) "to aid in the identification of different types of materials and their preservation challenges". Materials of focus include paper documents, books and bound items, photographic and image materials, audio visual material, and non-composite museum objects made of ceramic, glass, stone, or metal.

AIC Conservation Wiki

This conservation Wiki sponsored by the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) is populated various AIC Specialty Groups, Networks and Committees who provide working knowledge on materials and techniques used to preserve and treat works of art and historic artifacts. This platform allows for collaborative editing and disseminates information to practicing conservators and conservation scientists in an open, timely and simple manner.

Conservation OnLine (CoOL)

Conservation OnLine (CoOL) is a freely accessible platform to generate and disseminate vital resources for those working to preserve cultural heritage worldwide. 

CoOL: List of Conservation Resources at Other Sites

One of the many useful features of the Conservation OnLine (CoOL) website is the extensive list of external resources it provides.

Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN)

A bibliographic resource for the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural property sourced from an international network of libraries and documentation centers. Cited sources include books, published and unpublished monographs and serials, journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports, audiovisual materials and more. A great tool to source literature when beginning research.

North East Document Conservation Centre (NEDCC)

An independent conservation laboratory that provides treatment for books, maps, photographs, documents, parchment, papyrus, manuscripts, architectural plans, and works of art on paper. The website shares information about their wide portfolio of projects offering conservation pointers. 

Collections Trust: Collections Care and Conservation

Collections Trust provides standards and advice used by museums worldwide to make their various collections accessible. The company "helps museums capture and share the information that gives their objects meaning". The Collections Trust site is a useful source as it provides a wide range of resources including information that focuses on collections care and conservation.