Conservation became a profession that was closely connected with art and collections already in the 19th century. Its becoming a systematic activity in the 20th century was caused by the appearance of museums with collections needing sprucing up and proper preservation. Today we can truly say that conservation is a specialised auxiliary science within the general preservation of cultural heritage.

Some of the practice and principles of the past have changed, having been criticised and even declared wrong. However, even when considered wrong later, the conservators of the past also strove for the best results.

A conservator has a complicated job with much responsibility included, but this work is also exciting, offering a joy of achievement and much pleasure. The job demands self-confidence that is gained through experience and know-how. It cannot be done without refresher courses and close communication with colleagues and various specialists. Alas, our own mistakes provide us with a good lesson too, more often than not.

The present issue offers you more problems and attempts to find the best possible solution to them. It shows the doubts many conservators often experience and describes their collaboration with various memory institutions.

We hope you will have a good read!