Preservation Needs Assessments

Preservation Needs Assessments are the cornerstone of preservation planning, offering a comprehensive view of an institution’s collections, their physical condition, and the suitability of current storage and housing facilities. At O’Sullivan Conservation, we undertake assessments for museums, art galleries, historical societies, and cultural centres. We bring a wealth of experience to the assessment process, with our understanding of a wide range of materials, objects, and artworks, and our reports follow the standards set by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM).

Our Preservation Needs Assessments are comprehensive, well documented, and a vital tool for institutions in preparing their preservation and conservation plans, ensuring the protection of their cultural heritage. The survey examines the general state of all collections, identifies specific preservation needs, provides recommendations, and prioritises actions to meet those needs. Furthermore, it encompasses an evaluation of the entire building housing the collections, which itself may be historically or architecturally significant. The assessment identifies potential hazards related to environmental conditions, storage, security, access, housekeeping, conservation treatment, and overall policies and practices.

Funding for these assessments is made possible through the National Library of Australia Community Heritage Grants.


O’Sullivan Conservation acknowledges that we operate and function on the lands of the Darkinjung people.

We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.

We are proud partners of Reconciliation NSW and support reconciliation in our community.