The Digital Restoration department specializes in the restoration and reproduction of sentimental photographs, documents, and books.


Digital restoration is an option often pursued for delicate and damaged sentimental photographs and documents so that they may be handled and put on display. The Center digitally reproduces pieces on archival paper with archival ink, and can provide a wide range of digital storage options. Pieces are scanned in high resolution and faithfully reproduced with exacting detail. For items that are heavily damaged, the Digital Restoration Department can retouch areas of damage to restore the appearance of the original image.

The Digital Restoration Department collaborates with many other departments and often works with our paper and rare books conservators.  Sometimes delicate pieces will need to be stabilized prior to being scanned and digitally retouched. 

In the case of fragile books, the conservator will carefully unbind the book so that the Digital Restoration Department can then reproduce it. Reproductions of volumes can then be bound by the Rare Books Department, allowing audiences to safely use an exact replica without putting the original at risk.


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The Importance of Heirloom Conservation



One of the misconceptions concerning work performed at an art preservation facility such as The Conservation Center is that an object or a piece of art must have significant value on the market to qualify for professional care. This is simply not the case. While many of our clients have high-end pieces that belong to large-scale collections and museums, our conservators also specialize in treating antiques and heirlooms that have sentimental value and meaning for individuals.

Five Lilias Trotter journals (and a total of 524 pages) were discovered in England recently by private collectors Brian and Sally Oxley. They were brought to The Center for conservation, digital archiving, and reproduction. Some of the journals were sketch books, i.e.: of daily life in Venice, others were written accounts of her experience in Algeria alongside pencil and watercolor sketches of daily life there, as well as photographs. Laura Berenger, Conservator of Rare Books, and Robin Hann, Photographer and Archivist, joined forces for this project.

Heather Becker, TCC's Chief Executive Officer, tells the amazing tale of a colleague who brought in her father's WWII journals:

Every day at The Conservation Center, we see all kinds of art and artifacts, each with its own unique story or history; some with cultural significance, others part of a family’s heritage, and even the work of great masters. But when an item comes in that literally takes your breath away, those are moments that remind us of how important and humbling our daily tasks are, and reinforces the importance of preservation and conservation.