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Art Conservation


Canadian General Standards Board

CGSB standards can be searched through Omni.

Search the number, if known, between quotations using Keyword Boolean. E.g.

"CAN/CGSB-4.2 No. 18.2-2010/ISO 105-B01:1994"

If the standard number is not known, combine search terms using Keyword Boolean. E.g.

"canadian general standards board" AND paper

"canadian general standards board" AND textile*


Standards for Art Conservation

Many useful standards for Art Conservation can be found in the ASTM, accessible through Queen's Library.

If the ASTM link does not work, click on Databases from the library homepage and search ASTM. Search numbers or titles of standards.  E.g.:

D2257-98(2012) - Standard Test Method for Extractable Matter in Textiles

D4303-10(2016) - Standard Test Methods for Lightfastness of Colorants Used in Artists' Materials

D5067 - Standard Specification for Artists' Watercolor Paints

D5724 - Specification for Gouache Paints

D6901 - Specification for Artists Colored Pencils

British Standards

British Standards Institution: BSI is the UK's National Standards Body (NSB). Works with different industries, businesses, governments and consumers to develop British, European and international standards. The Standards Development portal contains information on all of the standards and proposed standards with which BSI are involved.

Institute of Conservation (ICON):Lists British conservation standards, technical research, and describes ethical practice.

Conservation of cultural heritage: specifications for location, construction and modification of buildings or rooms intended for the storage or use of heritage collections. (British Standards) (2018): Books (Stauffer) ; AM141 B8