Conservation Services

An image of the Conservation labYork Archaeological Trust’s Conservation Department has a reputation for providing clients with a high-quality, cost-effective, broad-based and integrated service. The primary purposes being retrieving, preserving, revealing and recording the true nature of archaeological objects and materials.

The services  we offer include:


Conserving a cannonMaritime Conservation

We are one of the country’s leading labs for conservation of artefacts and structures from a marine environment. Shipwreck archaeology presents intriguing and challenging conservation issues, not usually seen in terrestrial environments. We have built up skills and expertise over the last 20 years, working on a diverse range of projects ranging from the English Channel to the Arabian Gulf.


Archaeological Wood Remains

York Archaeological Trust offers unrivalled facilities and valuable knowledge on the conservation of waterlogged organic finds.

These important materials offer detailed evidence of aspects of life in the past which otherwise remain pure speculation. Facilities for the study, recording and conservation of wet organics have been developed where our experienced team of conservators and wood technologists are leaders in the field and have a range of freeze-dryers and treatment tanks capable of taking timber up to 4 metres in length.


Gas mask after conservation - sideDisplay Conservation

The Trust’s Conservation team can advise on the display, conservation and construction of mount making for artefacts on display in public and private environments. Conserved artefacts need to be displayed under optimum environmental conditions including relative humidity, light levels and temperature control. Our collection condition surveys and advice on environmental control, offer valuable recommendations.


ConservationPre-planning and on-site first aid for finds

We work in the field advising on lifting and packing for transport to ensure the successful recovery of fragile and delicate objects in particular cremation urns which are then brought back to the conservation lab for X-radiography, photographic and computer-based recording services, and careful micro-excavation.


Finds research

Bespoke Training and Consultancies

We offer courses on all aspects of conservation including finds handling, packaging, corrosion prevention and conservation.


toolsArtefact Assemblages

We can assess artefact assemblages for conservation and research for developer-funded and other projects. We will X-ray and assess the artefact assemblages to identify conservation requirements, stability and potential for further research.

For more information on our Conservation services please contact Ian Panter.