Care and Conservation

The effective care of collections is central to the work of IWM. Collections care is the responsibility of all our staff, but a specialised care team exists to provide support and guidance across the organisation. Proper care ensures the preservation of our unique collections for future generations.

Care of our collections includes:

  • Enabling and supporting access to our collections.
  • Conservation of items in preparation for exhibitions and loans.
  • Managing the condition of collection items in store and on display.
  • Management of pests that can cause damage to collection items (such as moths and mice).
  • The safe handling, packing and transportation of collection items.
  • Environmental management of galleries and stores.
  • Collection disaster recovery planning.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the work of our conservators browse our picture gallery.