Materials Conservation

NCPTT’s Materials Conservation Program works in partnership with parks, laboratories, government agencies, universities and others to understand how cultural objects deteriorate with time.

The program’s goals are

  1. to understand cultural resources decay,
  2. to develop and evaluate new treatments to protect cultural resources and
  3. to disseminate scientific results and preservation technologies through presentations, publications, and training for preservation professionals nationwide.
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Materials Conservation Grants

The Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants program provides funding for innovative research

Wood samples with Solvents

Materials Conservation Publications

Publications by the Materials Conservation program


Materials Conservation Research

In-house research being conducted by Material Conservation program

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Materials Conservation Training

A wide variety of virtual and in-person training opportunities

Last updated: July 26, 2022