Visual glossary

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Learn how to identify damage and deterioration by comparing it to our glossary image and description.

Download the images! They can be used to identify deterioration in your own collection and are invaluable in describing an object's condition. It will help you talk to a conservator about what treatment your object needs.

This resource has been compiled by conservators all over Australia under the guiding hand of Alice Cannon. The definitions used in this glossary are informed by those used in reCollections.