Forget the Best: Good and Better Approaches to Preservation

Collecting institutions everywhere strive to meet professional "best practices" when it comes to preserving items in their collections. But for institutions with limited resources for preservation, achieving "best" can often feel impossible. This session focuses on how institutions can forgo the “best” in favor of “good” and “better” approaches to preservation, highlighting practical ways to make preservation a component of any collections care program- even one with little to no dedicated resources. Speaker Dyani Feige shares common, feasible recommendations in areas of collections care, environment, policies, security, emergency preparedness, and more, drawing on her own experience providing guidance to a variety institutions as CCAHA's Director of Preservation Services. 


Forget the Best: Good and Better Approaches to Preservation was presented 6/23/21 by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts with generous support from the William Penn Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Independence Foundation.