Condition assessments, analysis & report-writing

Conservation projects begin with an assessment of an object and its environment, to identify the issues and to determine suitable methods and materials for conservation, if required. Assessment may involve simple, or more complex, analytical techniques to learn more about the object (e.g. chemical make-up, method of manufacture, level of deterioration). 

This preliminary assessment can form the production of a more detailed report, which in turn can form the basis of a specification, to be used for tendering purposes. A conservation report is often required by funding bodies before they can agree to support a conservation project.