Metal Conservation


Also, check out the resources listed under "Family Heirlooms" for additional tips regarding metal objects.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
Metals part of the AIC Objects Specialty Group Conservation WIKI

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI). 
CCI produces fee-based technical bulletins on a variety of conservation issues.
Technical Bulletin #17 Threaded Fasteners in Metal Artifacts  by George Prytulak.  To Find TB # 17, scroll down the web page.

The Canadian Conservation Institute also produces "CCI Notes" on collections care topics aimed at a broad audience (downloadable PDFs at CCI website).

CCI Notes addressing conservation of metals:

Getty Museum
Conserving Bronze video

The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Connecting to Collections on-line resources for metal

International Council of Museum (ICOM), the Committee for Conservation is the largest committee in the ICOM.  It has 21 working groups that focus on a variety of topics and material groups, each with the purpose of promoting conservation, discussion, and dissemination of information.

Metal 2010: Proceedings of the Interim Meeting of the International Council of Museums- Committee for Conservation Metal Working Group that took place in Charleston, SC, USA on October 11-15, 2010.  Clicking the title, takes you to the free downloadable digital version (162.46 MB) from Lulu Enterprises, Inc.   

National Park Service (NPS)
Conserve O Grams:

NPS Museum Handbook, Part I - Museum Collections:

Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET), Nebraska's PBS and NPR Stations
Saving Your Treasures: Metals

Smithsonian Institution, Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)

Texas A&M University, Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation, Conservation Research Laboratory.
The Laboratory's on-line manual discusses many methodologies for conserving archaeological artifacts recovered from marine environments: