Culture and heritage

Maritime heritage

Preservation of materials from a marine environment

Learn to conserve materials from a marine environment

The conservation of materials from a marine environment is often a complex and difficult process. Specialist materials conservators are engaged on any underwater archaeological project where there to be any archaeological disturbance of the site. These conservators are alsorequired where stabilisation of the site is needed folllowing non-archaeological disturbance from human activity or natural events.

The following are some initial references that will provide more detailed information. Some are downloadable and others may be obtained on Interlibrary Loan.

  • MacLeod, I, 'Conservation Management of Iron Steamships - the ss Xantho (1872)' , in Reprint of paper from the Fifth National Conference on Engineering Heritage 1990, The Institute of Engineers, Australia.
  • NSW Heritage Office, 2000, Snagged Objects - a guide to conservation principles in the event that fishing nets are caught on shipwreck sites.
  • NSW Heritage Office, 2000, Anchor Conservation - a brief guide to conservation of anchors from a marine environment.
  • Oxley, Ian, 1996, 'The in-situ preservation of underwater sites' in Preserving archaeological remains in situ, Corfield, M, (et al), Museum of London Archaeology Service, University of Bradford.
  • Robinson, Wendy, First Aid for Marine Finds, Trustees of the National Maritime Museum, UK
Page last updated: 31 August 2012