Haiti Cultural Recovery Project

Conservation Treatment

Safeguarding and Restoring Haiti’s Cultural Heritage

If owners or stewards of cultural materials give their permission, the Cultural Recovery Project will engage in the safeguarding and restoration of those materials. That work may be conducted on-site or at the Cultural Recovery Center, depending upon the circumstances.

All cultural materials are registered and treatment is done by, or under the supervision of, professionals of the Smithsonian, the American Institute for Conservation, and the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield as well other conservation organizations. Treatment is based upon assessment, and in some cases advanced studies of materials are needed in order to assure the best result possible.

Treatment may vary from simple cleaning of materials, to relatively minor repairs and conservation measures to full restoration of damaged items. Some projects may be relatively simple and completed quickly. Others require complicated and complex treatments over a period of weeks or months.