Conserve / Conservation

Glossary topic: 

The direct intervention by a specialist on the structure or physical make-up of a damaged or at-risk document or record to ensure its survival without further degradation.

This is usually in the form of remedial treatments or repair on an individual basis. Conservation treatments use the least amount of intervention possible and may include preservation, restoration, examination, documentation, research, advice, treatment, preventive conservation, training and education.

See also Preserve / Preservation