Conservation Framing

Conservation framing describes the preparation and framing of artwork using materials and methods that will help prevent any degradation to the work through environmental damage over time.

Paper and fabrics are sensitive to the mediums used during the framing process, and can react to damp, changes in temperature and humidity, restriction of movement within the frame, UV light, and the types of tapes and adhesives used to hold the artwork in place.

Damage can manifest itself through acid burns, foxing, mould, fading of the artwork, and the paper itself deteriorating and becoming more brittle. Unfortunately, some of the more basic framing techniques will not only fail to protect, but can actually damage and de-value your artwork over time!

For conservation work we offer a full range of acid free and pH neutral conservation mounting materials, including acid free spacers, tapes and adhesives. And we have expert techniques to handle the preparation and mounting of the artwork for conservation purposes.

We advise and use specialist types of mounting card, such lignin-free and fade and bleed resistant museum-quality card, and allow for a small air gap under the glass so that the work can ‘breathe’. We also have a variety of acid-free beadings for when the customer prefers not to use a mount.

UV Glazing

Most pictures these days are framed using a standard 2 mm float glass, which provides some protection against UV rays. We also carry a wide range of UV glass and perspex sheeting which you can read about here.