Seeing the Invisible: An Insight to Conservation

•December 15, 2009 • 1 Comment

The preservation and care of museum collections is an area of work mostly unseen by the public. It is in reality, a crucial component in the functioning of any museum.

 Conservators would take as much care when treating a 1950s tin box as they would a 300 year-old painting.

“Seeing the Invisible: An Insight to Conservation” is an exhibition put up by the Heritage Conservation Centre in the Shaw Foyer Gallery of the Asian Civilisation Museum from 25 July to 13 December 2009 that unveiled the rare behind-the-scenes tour, to get a glimpse of what goes on behind the walls of the Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC).  See what happens during the process of conservation treatment, and discover how ‘heritage conservation’ is an art as much as it is a science.

For those of you who missed it or would like to revisit the exhibition, this is the chance for you!

Heritage Conservation Centre invites you to browse through the various pages and spend time in the comfort of your home to understand more about Conservation. The exhibition consist of the following sections:

Singapore’s Climatic Conditions and Challenges

Who are the Conservators?





Whose Tools are these?

Conservation of Peranakan Wedding Bed

Conservation Teaser

We hope you will enjoy this on-line presentation, do leave us your comments. For more information about Heritage Conservation Centre, please visit our website at