Using the wrong conservation methods can cause damage to heritage objects, buildings and memorials.
Small heritage objects
Conservators specialise in restoring paper, paintings, objects or textiles, and outdoor objects.
Gardens and monuments
Heritage consultants include engineers, landscape architects, historians and archaeologists. They specialise in heritage places, gardens, monuments and collections.
Restoring honour rolls
Honour rolls need to be restored by a conservator. Most sign-writers aren’t trained to restore the varnish and lettering to best practice standards.
War memorials and buildings
Conservation architects conserve heritage buildings, including:
- preparation of conservation management plans
- diagnosis of building failure
- specification and supervision of repair
The architect should know about historic and contemporary building techniques and materials.
Repairs to an object or building
Tradespeople can specialise in stonemasonry, carpentry and building. They should know about heritage techniques when repairing objects, places and material.
Use the right materials to preserve heritage
You need to use the right materials when storing or displaying heritage objects.
Find volunteers for heritage projects
Deakin University can help you find students volunteers looking for collection experience through its Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies program.
Heritage Victoria manages the Victorian Heritage Register and provides support to the Victorian Heritage Council. It can provide guidance on permit applications for state-significant places and planning matters. Phone:
Reviewed 10 June 2021