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.


In-house research being conducted by Material Conservation program

Girl in laboratory


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

Wood samples with Solvents


Publications by the Materials Conservation program

Last updated: October 7, 2021