Conservation & degradation

The best conservation is sometimes to leave or rebury the object, rather than “collecting” objects that often deteriorate in air. However, wood is often conserved with polyethylene glycol (PEG) or freeze drying. Metal can sometimes be treated with electrolysis. The largest objects conserved so far are the Vasa, Mary Rose, and the Bremen Cog.



© Mary Rose Trust

Degradation link

  • Department of Wood Science, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden. Researching the degradation of wood. Presently involved in efforts to save the degrading Vasa ship.

Conservation links

rev jul '12

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