Conservation and Archival Framing Materials

Conservation and Archival Framing and Materials

Conservation framing is the practice of framing artwork in a way that protects it from damage and deterioration. This is especially important for valuable or fragile works of art, such as paintings, drawings, and photographs.

Conservation framers use a variety of special materials and techniques to protect artwork. Some of the most common materials include:

Acid-free matting: Acid-free matting prevents the acids in paper and other materials from damaging the artwork.

Archival backing boards: Archival backing boards are made from acid-free materials and are designed to protect the artwork from dust, moisture, and other environmental hazards.

UV-protective glass: UV-protective glass blocks harmful ultraviolet rays from damaging the artwork. 

Conservation hinges: Conservation hinges are made from acid-free materials and are designed to attach the artwork to the matting without damaging it.