Canberra's own "Repair Shop"
Conservation stabilises an item, mitigating against the agents of deterioration causing ongoing damage (this often has the bonus effect of making an item look better).
Conservation can remove problems that are causing damage, provide solutions for safe storage and display, and improve the appearance of an item, enhancing its value and enabling greater appreciation. Conservation preserves, protecting items from an ignoble demise via further neglect and disassociation from their stories, allowing them to be appreciated by future generations.
Restoration alone often covers up damage making the item appear superficially better but masking deterioration that will persist.
Usually, there is a blend of the two philosophies in any treatment - we stabilise objects to ensure their ongoing survival, and also carry out restoration treatments such as retouching (to add in lost decorative detail) and replacing lost components (such as the end of a finger on a broken sculpture) - as long as these do not jeopardise the longevity of the item.
Endangered Heritage has a fully equipped laboratory and provides conservation services for our national collection in galleries, museums, libraries, and universities. We deliver the same standard of work to your project as we do to the national collection. Each of our conservators has extensive experience and training in several fields of specialisation and frequently run teaching programs.
Endangered Heritage does not outsource work without the knowledge of the client. The owner is always in direct contact with the conservator undertaking the work.
Conservation of glass, ceramics, timber, metals, ethnographic objects, plastics, indigenous art and electromechanical objects.
Note: Ceramics repairs where we need to undo previous adhesive repairs can be very time consuming. It is preferable that people don’t “have a go” before coming to us.
Our paper team has grown: we now have Robin and Prue consulting and working together to bring the best bespoke solution to your project.
We provide services for the conservation of art on paper, documents, books, paper ephemera, and photographs.
Painting and Frame Conservation
Paintings can be on canvas, board, or paper and may be in oil, acrylic, watercolour or even mixed media. Our team can provide stabilisation, cleaning and repair to conserve your painting assets.
Our objects conservators are able to cast and repair frame mouldings and carry out gilding to repair valuable and authentic frames for a work to return to.
Textiles are the most fragile and sensitive items in any collection. Carrying out repairs which are not too strong for the original fabric is a very specialised task.
We offer conservation of garments, embroidery, lace, tapestry, carpets, furs, and leather and 3D works such as toys and bears.
All textile treatments always include insect pest eradication as part of our incoming work quarantine processes.
Endangered Heritage is proud of its specialised work in textiles and is currently undertaking further research in care of metal threads, mould remediation and the use of sodium borohydride.
Endangered Heritage has Australia's only trained tapestry specialist in private practice.