What’s causing the damage! The use of a combined, solution-based risk assessment and condition audit

Claire Fry, Amber Xavier-Rowe, Frances Halahan, Jennifer Dinsmore

The English Heritage Collections Conservation team cares for a mixed collection distributed among 136 sites. The theory of combining a risk assessment and a condition audit was developed into a practical methodology to guide the collection care needs for such a collection. The audit is proving to be a key tool in increasing our knowledge of the risks to our collections and providing prioritised solutions and costs to reduce these risks. In addition, data from the audit is essential for influencing management and guiding research.