The Art and Science of Conservation
Although conservation treatments often look like magic, they are firmly rooted in science. Conservators study chemistry, mechanisms of deterioration, preventive conservation, the ethics and principals of conservation, and specialty fields such as furniture, paper, photographs, textile, paintings, and objects. HFC's conservators use their in-depth knowledge of materials, attention to detail, good judgement, and excellent hand eye coordination to treat NPS's irreplaceable objects.
Below are before and after treatment photographs for some of the projects completed by HFC's conservators. Slide the arrows left or right across the images to see the often dramatic differences.
Dinosaur National Monument – from 1964 World’s Fair
Dinosaur before treatment
Dinosaur after treatment
Manassas National Battlefield Park - Chalk/graphite/charcoal drawing
Drawing before treatment
Drawing after treatment
Last updated: December 18, 2019