Remote environmental monitoring equipment for museums

At Conserv, we care about collections AND the people who care for collections. We talked to Toni back in May 2022 on disaster preparedness at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans and wanted to learn more about her and how she uses Conserv as the Director for Collections Management.   Toni acquired […]

Improving your environment

You are a collections care expert. You are well-trained, and possibly even have many years of experience in this unusual field. Your organization relies on you to provide top quality care for your unique and irreplaceable collection. But who do you rely on for help with the myriad challenges presented by your building’s environment? While […]

Environmental monitoring standards

Environmental monitoring standards? Which standards? Environmental monitoring standards for collection environments are a series of targets for factors such as relative humidity, temperature, light, pollutants, and pests. The targets, sometimes referred to as “ideal conditions”, are followed to avoid damage or to slow the rate of deterioration to collections. The development and agreement of environmental […]

Preservation tools for collection care designed to save you time

At Conserv, we care about collections AND the people who care for collections. In this latest blog, we talked with Kristen Costa about how she uses Conserv’s museum preservation tools to take tasks off of her plate as she manages a collection spread over different locations. As the Senior Curator of the eclectic Newport Restoration […]

Our Commitment to the Preservation Community

Today we’re renewing our commitment to the preservation community. We built Conserv on the belief that we can provide something truly valuable for preservation professionals — a preservation platform that makes your work easier, a set of tools that create a new standard for environmental monitoring. Many people were initially very skeptical of this vision […]

Gasket Replacement of Vintage Storage Cases at McKissick Museum

Collections storage at McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina is fraught with challenges because the building was not purpose built – a challenge that many museums deal with. Our issue is that the building was originally constructed as a library in 1940 with more than 10 separate areas for housing the stacks, which […]

Funding your environmental monitoring program

Funding your environmental monitoring program Collection stewards who take on preservation responsibilities have likely heard some version of the statement, “environmental monitoring is one of the best ways to ensure the long-term preservation of collections.” This sentiment is correct. Using environmental data to inform decisions about collections storage, access, and display is a great way […]

Rolled textile storage at the Arizona Museum of Natural History

The Arizona Museum of Natural History (AzMNH) Anthropology Department was excited to be chosen for the Conserv Preservation Award to re-house several ethnographic textiles in 2023.  Award funding was used to purchase archival quality materials to roll the textiles according to best museum practices. This was an essential project that improved storage of textiles previously […]

Saving the matter and the image at The Wolfsonian-FlU

The Schultze & Weaver archive at the Wolfsonian-FIU One of the most valued holdings in The Wolfsonian–FIU collection is the Schultze & Weaver archive, a group of over 8000 architectural drawings, documents, and photographs produced by the renowned New York City’s architectural firm. Between 1921 and 1948, Schultze & Weaver designed many iconic buildings throughout […]

Environmental Control for Collections

One of the major goals of a data monitoring program is to eventually make improvements to your collection environment. These improvements can be in the form of reduced energy consumption, changes to increase the longevity of the collection materials, or a combination of the two. Actively adjusting temperature, humidity, light, and the collection’s physical surroundings […]