Collections care, or preventive conservation, involves the application of various preservation principles to protect cultural resources from undue damage, to manage risk, and to mitigate deterioration. The conservation team works with posts to establish:
- appropriate maintenance practices, housekeeping protocols, and schedules
- optimal and achievable environmental conditions in buildings and residences
- proper handling techniques and storage requirements
- routine monitoring and record keeping
- integrated pest management
- emergency plans
- connections with local/regional heritage professionals and conservators.
The Office Cultural Heritage conservation team provides collections care guidance in a variety of formats, including hands-on and virtual training. The conservation team also provides tools and supplies and offers financial and managerial support for preservation projects.
The Office of Cultural Heritage collaborates with the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security in emergency action planning. The conservation team assists posts in safeguarding collections before a foreseeable emergency and is on call to help salvage and preserve culturally significant items in the aftermath.