Museo Altamira

Conservation

Conservation of the objects constitutes a priority task for the museum.

For archaeological objects, conservation begins the moment they are extracted from the sediment in which they have been buried for millennia. This causes an environmental change that sets off different processes that cause the degradation of the materials. In archaeological excavations carried out by the Museum of Altamira, the person responsible for the restoration of the object is present at all times, extracting delicate materials and applying the initial treatments.

At the museum, preventive conservation, used as a criterion for the management of the collections, can reduce potential risks and mitigate the effects of environmental and man-made factors on cultural artefacts. The life of the objects can be effectively preserved through control of lighting and climate conditions in exhibition and storage spaces, the use of supports for the display of objects that do not damage their stability and physical structure, the design of specific containers for reserve objects, and the preparation of emergency plans. This allows us focus more on preservation than restoration, although the latter is necessary when materials exhibit changes requiring specific intervention.

The person responsible for conservation is required to prepare reports on the state of the conservation of objects, study the environmental conditions in the temporary exhibitions and control internal and external movements of the museum collections, or their handling for research purposes.



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