The act or process of preserving, or keeping safe; the state of being preserved, or kept from injury, destruction, or decay; security; safety; as, preservation of life, fruit, game, etc.; a picture in good preservation.
Refers to actions taken to prevent further changes or deterioration in objects, sites, or structures.
The maintenance of an object's original condition through environmentally controlled collection maintenance, repair and physical treatment.
Often used interchangeably with conservation. Preservation suggests that natural resources will be left undisturbed, while conservation usually indicates some resource management. (compare conservation)
An act of protecting a building or the effect created by a series of buildings from assured decay and destruction; synonomous with maintenance.
The protection of cultural property by minimising chemical and physical deterioration and thus prolong existence. The term, with its roots in the archive sector, is starting to be used in museums to describe most of the practices that are associated with preventive conservation and collections care. It is the duty of all museums to ensure that objects in a collection are stored, displayed and handled in a way that promotes preservation.
Any act designed to ensure the survival of an object or resource without alteration. The term is not always synonymous with the term conservation, which also encompasses more proactive intervention, including alteration, where necessary to prevent destruction, deterioration and decay.
As applied to wood, treating wood products with chemicals to prevent damage by insects or decay organisms. With respect to land, maintaining a natural environment undisturbed by human influence or activities.
the act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity, and materials of a historic property without new exterior additions. Work generally focuses upon the ongoing maintenance and repair of historic materials and features rather than extensive replacement and new construction.
Preservation is a more specific term than conservation. It relates to the maintenance of a building or structure, as closely as possible, to its original form and materials.
The prevention or delay of deterioration of and damage to archival material through appropriate environmental controls and/or treatment; preservation is a broader term than conservation.
The conservation of the qualities and materials that make historic buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts significant. Approaches to preservation include stabilization, restoration, rehabilitation, and reconstruction.
generally, saving from destruction or deterioration old and historic buildings, sites, structures, and objects, and providing for their continued use by means of maintenance, restoration, rehabilitation, or adaptive use. Specifically, the act or process of applying measures to sustain the existing form, integrity, and material of a building or structure, and the existing form and vegetative cover of a site.
Maintaining the 'fabric' of a place in its existing state and retarding further deterioration.
The protection and maintenance of organisms or ecosystems for personal or special use.
The act of stabilizing an item from deterioration by using the correct methods and materials designed to maintain the conditions and longevity of the item.
Generic term for preserving the intellectual content for posterity which may include conservation treatments
Preservation is considered a broader term than Conservation. It includes activities associated with maintaining library, archival, or museum materials for use, either in their original physical form or in some other format. The goal of preservation management is to slow down or minimize physical change caused by use or storage over time.
The on-going maintenance of archival materials through proper storage and handling to ensure their survival for use.
An attempt to keep forests in an undisturbed state through the control of internal and external influences.
maintaining the physical material of places or objects in their existing state and retarding deterioration
The activities associated with maintaining library or archival collection materials for use, either in the original form or in some other usable way.
Appropriate housing, protection, care, and maintenance of archives, records, and manuscripts.
Guarding against loss of worthwhile assets, including restoration. More restrictive than Conservation.
The protection of cultural property through activities that minimize chemical and physical deterioration and damage and that prevent loss of informational content. The primary goal of preservation is to prolong the existence of cultural property. (AIC Directory, 1999)
the protection of archaeological and historic sites
Focuses on retaining all the historic materials through conservation, maintenance and repair. As such, it reflects the building's continuum over time, through successive occupancies, and the integrated changes and alterations that are made. Focuses attention on keeping historic materials, features, finishes, spaces, and spatial relationships that, together, give a property its historic character. (National Park Service www2.cr.nps.gov/tps/standguide)
means maintaining the fabric of a place in its existing state and slowing deterioration. Preservation is appropriate when the existing state of the fabric itself constitutes evidence of specific cultural significance or when insufficient evidence is available to allow other conservation processes to be carried out. It is the approach which best retains the historic buildings as genuine and authentic evidence of the past.
All actions taken to retard deterioration of, or to prevent damage to, cultural property. Preservation involves controlling the environment and conditions of use, and may include treatment in order to maintain an object, as nearly as possible, in an unchanging state.
encompasses all actions required to make documentary heritage accessible for as long as it is required. It involves controlling the environment and conditions of use and may include treatment in order to maintain an object, as nearly as possible, in an unchanging state. In the case of archival material, moving image and sound, this may involve transfer to another medium.
providing for the continued use of old and historic buildings, sites, structures, and objects. the means for preservation include restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive use. According to the Secretary of the Interior, it is the act or process of applying measures to sustain the existing form, integrity, and material of a building or structure and the existing form and vegetative cover of the site. It may include stabilization work, where necessary, as well as ongoing maintenance of the historic building materials.
maintenance of a natural environment undisturbed by the influence or activities of humans.
Application or use of measures to prevent damage, change or alteration, or deterioration.
the action of reserving, protecting or safeguarding a portion of the natural environment from unnatural disturbance. It does not imply preserving an area in its present state, for natural events and natural ecological processes are expected to continue. Preservation is part of, and not opposed to, conservation.
Framing art and objects with materials and methods that provide a stable environment and minimize the deterioration of the framed item.
The act of stabilizing an item from deterioration by using the correct methods. Close Window
(The definition is slightly adapted from the National Archives and Records Administration) Preservation encompasses the activities that prolong the usable life of materials. Preservation activities are designed to minimize the physical and chemical deterioration of materials and to prevent the loss of informational content. These activities include providing a stable environment for materials of all media types, using safe handling and storage methods, duplicating unstable materials (e.g., nitrate film, thermofax) to stable media, copying potentially fragile materials into a usable format (e.g., microfilming or digitization), storing materials in housings made from stable materials (for example, document boxes made from "acid-free" paperboard), repairing documents to maintain their original format, establishing a pest control program, and instituting a disaster recovery plan that includes plans for emergency preparedness and response.
Activities associated with maintaining library, archival or museum materials for use, either in original physical form or in some other format. Preservation is a broader term than conservation: conservation activities form part of a total preservation program. Preservation includes both activities taken to repair or treat damaged materials (retrospective) and activities taken to prevent or delay material becoming damaged (preventive preservation).
Actions taken to prevent further changes or deterioration in objects, sites, or structures. Related to conservation and restoration.
Library activities that maintain library and archival materials for use, either in their original form or in some other way, e.g. microform or digitization, to prevent their damage or disintegration.
The action or process of protecting, maintaining, and/or stabilizing the existing materials, form, and integrity of a historic place, or an individual component, while protecting its heritage value.
This work includes capturing archival materials as they're created, accurately cataloguing and filing new and old holdings for easy retrieval and use, and storing the holdings in the best possible conditions for safety and longevity
The act or process of applying measures to sustain the existing form, integrity and material of a building or structure, and the existing form and vegetative cover of a site is "preservation." It may include initial stabilization work, where necessary, as well as ongoing maintenance of the historic building materials. Essentially, the property is kept in its current good condition.
the overall package of administrative and/or practical measures, such as boxing, good housekeeping, careful handling and environmental control, which ensure the survival of documents without specialist intervention. Conservation and restoration procedures are part of a preservation policy.
the maintenance of natural or cultural heritage features in their current or original form, and the maintenance of the natural environment to allow natural processes to continue undisturbed by human intervention. While preservation is often used interchangeable with "conservation," the latter differs by implying the prudent use of a resources.
Preventing deterioration of the skin or hide until the tanner is ready to convert it into leather. Methods include salting and/or chilling
The protection of cultural property through activities that minimize chemical and physical deterioration and damage and that prevent loss of informational content with the aim of prolonging the existence of the object.[ back to the top
préservation All actions that can be taken with the aim of ensuring the current and long-term survival and accessibility of the physical form, informational content and relevant metadata of archival records, including actions taken to influence records creators prior to acquisition or selection. Source: National Archives of Canada Preservation Policy See also Subject(s): Records Management
The totality of processes and operations involved in the stabilization and protection of documents against damage or deterioration and in the treatment of damaged or deteriorated documents. Preservation may also include the transfer of information to another medium, such as microfilm. (SAA)
Stabilising the state of a material or situation, not necessarily in its original state.