In and Around Conservation
Please note that the online ConsDir has not been updated in a long time and for technical reasons the date of the next update is uncertain. However, updates to the database are being maintained offfline and when the technical issues are resolved, the information will be appear in the online ConsDir. Thank you for your patience.
The ConsDir is a directory of people involved professionally with the conservation of museum, library, and archive material. The list is derived from the Conservation DistList, whose participants fill out a questionnaire giving information about how to contact them, their professional interests or specialties, etc.
It currently contains 10087 entries from 94 countries
If you are listed in the ConsDir, please check your entry and report any changes, errors, etc. to the Cons DistList manager If you are not listed and are professionally involved with the conservation of museum, library, and archive materials, you can be listed by participating in the Conservation DistList
For information on selecting a conservator, see
"The tool provides a systematic, consistent method of obtaining current information to identify and locate professional conservation services from all across the United States and abroad. It allows you to address a wide range of conservation problems, whether your needs are long-range or short-term and whether your collection consists of thousands of valuable historic artifacts, one priceless work of art, or items of great personal value."
"The Conservation Register can be used to find conservators with specific skills, or to find individual conservators. Use specialism search to choose an object or material from the list of search terms and combine it with a geographical location e.g. watercolour; SE London.
The person search allows you to search for an individual conservator by surname. If this person is included as an owner or member of staff of any of the businesses included in the Conservation Register, their 'staff details' will be available.
Heritage organisations can login as an existing user or create a login to benefit from enhanced search facilities such as emergency response, exhibition advice, project management and technical analysis.
"The purpose of the site is to provide private and public collectors and institutions the knowledge and information necessary to find a conservator who will best treat an object in need of conservation.
"Art-Care is the online art service community offering solutions and providing a choice for art patrons, museum curators, collectors, and anyone in need of professional conservation services. We've harnessed the power of the Internet to revolutionize art conservation by connecting people and knowledge, with highly personalized yet easy-to-use software and customized storefront Web sites for conservation professionals.
"All Art-Care member-conservators belong to the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and/or a local conservation guild. Members of these organizations are bound of codes of ethics and guidelines for the professional practice. Only Professional Associate and Fellow member are entitled to use the name AIC or their membership status with in AIC in advertising or in representing themselves to the public as professional practitioners (Reprinted with the permission from the AIC). Conservators or restorers who are not members of the AIC or IIC have been rated by current and former customers using the "Franklin Report Scoring Criteria". The professional credentials of each Art-Care member are noted in their individual listing.
"Art-Care is the brainchild of Judith Watkins Tartt, who has been working as a painting conservator for almost thirty years. ..."
2105 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
Note that Art-Care is a commercial service in which member conservators pay a fee for listing.
"The mission of the California Public Arts Association is to be the central station for the world's public art projects, artists and organizations supporting public art. California Public Arts Association online services provide planning, artist outreach, and project management for your public art creation and maintenance. CALPAA's online tools allow you to create works of fine art that your community will enjoy for many years to come. From parks to storefronts, public art has become part of a design for better urban living. We believe cities should be designed for people, not cars."
"We recently launched a conservation module on our web site for conservator outreach with project documentation. You are able to post conservation projects or conservator profiles free of charge as we are in beta. Conservators will never be charged for our service. Conservation agencies will be charged upon completion of our beta. This saves an enormous amount of time and money. Small and large conservation projects are organized so the conservation agency can search, view and notify conservators by region, project and conservator name in real time. We also have an artist outreach service and our patent pending conservation services are the only services of this kind in the world."
This very valuable resource lists CAPC geographically and by specialty, indicating which members accept private commissions, accreditation status, as well as contact information.
CAPHC Members, in the following categories: Archivists; Building Specialists; Conservators; Craft & Trade Specialists; Cultural Tourism & Marketing Specialists; Educators; Environmental Assessment Specialists; Historians; Landscape Specialists; Museum Specialists; Photographers, Illustrators, Recorders; Planners; Public Sector Representatives; Other Specialists
The Worldwide Email Directory of Anthropologists (WEDA) is a searchable directory of anthropologists and scholars in related disciplines from around the world. Here, anthropology is meant in its broadest sense, to include not only those in the four subfields of anthropology (archaeology, physical and social/cultural anthropology, and linguistics), but also scholars in the physical and social science, as well as those in the humanities such as art historians, modern and ancient languages, and classical studies. The names and mailing addresses of academic & research institutions, museums, government and private organisations, individual scholars, journals, laboratories, and electronic databases are listed. Each entry includes the regular street/postal address, telephone and fax numbers, and then the names and email addresses of faculty and staff members.
Includes registry of musical instrument repair technicians, and directories of instrument makers, musical instrument manufacturers, trade associations, publications, educational resources, and suppliers
International Directory of Photography Historians
Alternate Photographic Processes, a directory of photographers around the world who practice so-called 'alternative' or 'non-silver' photo processes. These processes include Cyanotype, Kallitype, Platinum/Palladium, Van Dyke and Gum Bichromate among others.
Including mycologists, ichthyologists, herpetologists, plant taxonomists, etc.
"This is a complete listing of all current Board Certified Forensic Entomologists, certified by the American Board of Forensic Entomology."
This group of resources consists of general (not
discipline-specific) tools for finding people on the net. Some work
better than others. Some of the info in this section has been lifted
from documents at
A great collection of searchable directories for finding businesses, individuals, government agencies etc.
A very useful database of email addresses, and you can add your own address while you're there
Whois is an Internet service by means of which an organization can provide directory information about itself. Universities, firms, and other organizations often set up Whois servers that provide information about staff, students, and in some cases machines, and this can be a really valuable way to find who or what you're you're looking for. Unfortunately, to use Whois, you've got to know the address of the Whois server at the organization. MIT's Student Information Processing Board maintain a List of Whois Servers
The RTFM service at MIT runs a search facility, covering people who posted articles to the Usenet news service.
Many organizations now run Web directories of their own, so it's worth trying URLs like www.orgname.domain (replacing orgname with the organization's network name and domain with their likely domain name.
US Postal Service
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