On-site surveys and inspections assess the physical environment of an institution as it influences the collection (exhibition, storage, and climate control) and make recommendations for improvement. Surveys can be object-specific and help establish priorities for collections care, as well as giving an institution cost estimates for treatment, rehousing, and appropriate storage.
Survey reports are valuable tools for curatorial decision making, establishing a preservation strategy, and determining priority care. Importantly, many federal and state granting agencies require a collection-based survey before funds will be allocated for the conservation of individual works in a collection.
ICA conservators can make annual or seasonal visits to your institution, to monitor changes in preservation conditions and make recommendations for improvement as necessary.