The model presented here builds upon a model for decision making in conservation issues developed earlier by a working group of the Foundation for the Conservation of Modern Art (1999). The model suggests a decision-making trajectory for conservation problems associated with fluid preserved specimens. Basically, the decision model serves as a guideline to:
Determine if a change in condition affects the meaning of the specimen in such a way that intervention must be considered.
Propose various possible solutions for the conservation problem.
Come to a final treatment plan by carefully weighing the conservation options against the consequences.
Andries J. van Dam
© 2004, Museum of Anatomy, Leiden University Medical Centre, Netherlands