Conservation Framing

Why Conservation Framing?

The Conservation Framing option is for artwork, prints, photographs, textiles, documents and objects that you want to give a high level of protection to.  When you have something to frame that is original, irreplaceable and/or of historical, financial or sentimental value, you want to be sure that the frame is designed and built to not only look great, but also to offer a high level of protection for the item that is being framed.

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What is in the Conservation Framing Package?

Conservation Framing sealed framing package
Conservation Framing sealed framing package

Conservation Framing standards are specified by the Fine Art Trade Guild and include:

  • The mount board used in the framing package is only of Conservation or Cotton Museum standard so that the risk of pollutants from the paper being transferred to the subject being framed is minimised (old photographs will require cotton museum board as the silvers in the development process can react with alkaline buffered boards).
  • The method of attaching the item to the mount is fully reversible, and only conservation standard tapes and adhesives are used so that the item can be taken out of its frame in its original condition in the future if required.
  • The frame is glazed with a glass or acrylic as appropriate that has a UV protective filter built in to minimise damage from fading.
  • The glazing, windowmount, artwork and undermount are sealed together to provide a stable environment, minimising atmospheric changes and ingress of pollutants.
  • The back of the framing package is sealed to afford further protection.
  • A moisture resistant backing can be included if required.


The type of damage that Conservation Framing provides protection against under “Normal Conditions”

Cockled Watercolour and Acidified Mount board through use of incorrect materials and techniques
Cockled Watercolour and Acidified Mount board through use of incorrect materials and techniques
  • Wear and tear from direct physical forces.
  • Moisture / humidity
  • Pests (such as insects)
  • Moulds
  • Contaminants (atmospheric pollution)
  • Fading and damage from UV light

 Note that no framing will provide protection indefinitely and all framed work of value should be checked by a professional framer every five years for any problems.


Do you need the services of a Professional Conservator before your work is framed?

If the piece that you would like to have framed or re-framed is old or damaged, you will want to consider using the services of a professional conservator before having the work framed.  I can put you in touch with the correct type of conservator during your consultation to choose your framing package if you would like to use this service.

There are many reasons why you might choose to use a conservator:

  • It is an old or historic piece that has been damaged over time through damp, mildew, physical forces or pests.
  • It has been framed a long time ago when framing materials were not as developed as they are now and there is staining / damage from acidification from the materials used.
  • It has been incorrectly framed causing damage to the piece.

I have contacts for specialist conservators for:

  • Paper
  • Photographs
  • Fine Art

Please note that I put you in touch with the conservator directly for you to get the work done.  This would be a separate transaction between you and the conservator and not part of the framing service.

Get in touch to make an appointment to come over and discuss your conservation framing project.

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