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COVID-19 and recommendations for heritage institutions

Cultural heritage institutions are coping with many challenges as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. While collections are not directly at risk, the pandemic complicates their care. A new resource, Caring for Heritage Collections during the COVID-19 Pandemic, was developed by an ad-hoc task force at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) to help staff from heritage institutions ensure that collections and heritage materials remain safe. This resource is based on the questions received from collections professionals in various countries and types of institutions.

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) supports Canada's heritage community in preserving Canada's heritage collections so they can be accessed by current and future generations.

Canadian Conservation Institute
1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario  K1B 4S7

Scientific or technical advice

CCI will respond to scientific or technical advice requests within 2 working days when queries are submitted:

Note: CCI may require additional time to respond to some enquiries for scientific or technical advice, depending on the nature of the request.

Emergency advice

In the aftermath of a fire, flood, earthquake or other catastrophe, emergency advice is available to Canada's heritage community.

Professional conservation services

If you need to hire a conservator to care for your personal objects, contact the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators.


If you need to have an item appraised, contact the Canadian Chapter of the International Society of Appraisers or the Canadian Association of Personal Property Appraisers.

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