The Conservation Centre contains a range of specialist conservation resources, housed in two main laboratory areas plus a comprehensive training library.

Specimens are securely housed in a flexible environment designed to be responsive to any task. The space can also be used as a conservation teaching facility. 

The centre contains all standard conservation and preparation technology, plus a range of state-of-the-art equipment:

  • dual wavelength laser
  • humidity chambers
  • micro-environmental control and monitoring equipment
  • lifting and handling equipment for objects of up to 2 tonnes

Professional photography, specialist metalwork and paper conservation facilities are all housed within the Museum, and are available for use by Conservation Centre staff.

Fossil specimens

The centre provides preparation support for the Earth Sciences department, undertaking both chemical and mechanical preparation of fossils. 

In our dedicated acid laboratory staff undertake state-of-the-art chemical preparation of specimens to a high level of precision.