Preservation of Objects
The Foundation takes great pains to preserve the objects in its possession. It records its collections in digital form and employs highly specialized restorers. Its research methods are in demand worldwide.
The precious artifacts in the Foundation's collections consist of a wide variety of materials and have been manufactured in many different ways. Some of them are hundreds of years old. The Foundation's experts ensure the objects' long-term survival by undertaking conservation and restoration measures.
The expertise of the Rathgen research laboratory of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) is in demand around the world. It is one of Germany's leading museum laboratories. The institution plays a key role in the international exchange of knowledge concerning methods of preserving movable and immovable cultural property.
With continuing improvements in technology, the digitization of the collections is gaining in importance. The objects are recorded in detail and are documented with accompanying information in databases. This allows them to be studied without handling or exposing the originals, which may often be fragile.