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Field Kits

What Are Field Kits?

A field kit is a collection of tools, equipment, and chemicals that conservators can use when performing an examination or treatment of an object on site. Some objects may be too large or fragile to be transported to a conservation lab and have to be treated in situ.
A conservation field kit in a pelican case.
While each conservator has their own preferred tools, there are some common items that should be included in any field kit.

Supplies

File:Field Kit Checklist.pdf

  • sharpies
  • pencils
  • Mylar
  • plastic sealable bags, variety of sizes
  • plastic tubs (ziploc, tupperware)
  • tape (masking, duct, teflon)
  • zip ties
  • gloves
  • acid free tissue paper
  • tweezers
  • scalpels and blades
  • fiberglass screening/netting
  • padding (volara, sponges, foam, bubble wrap)
  • brushes (tooth, paint)
  • dental tools
  • bamboo sticks
  • plastic wrap
  • coroplast (can use lids or trays)
  • Q-tips
  • tyvek
  • cooler and ice packs
  • vials (film, glass, pharmacy)
  • garbage bags
  • monofilament
  • bandages (gauze, cast)
  • cutting tools (scissors, utility)
  • ruler
  • magnet
  • spray bottle
  • syringes and droppers
  • air blower

Traveling With A Kit

Traveling with a conservation kit does not have to be problematic. Here are a few tips to help:

  • Use a hard covered case to contain your materials. Pelican cases have a foam interior that can be trimmed to match the shape of your equipment.
  • Place a list inside of your case explaining the purpose of the case and an invetory of contents. It is helpful to have the list in English and in the language of the country you are traveling to.




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