Visual Heritage Photo Restoration and Picture Framing Melbourne Australia

Conservation Framing

For items and artworks with monetary, historic or personal value, Conservation framing ( also referred to as Archival or Preservation Framing )is a process by which the highest quality materials are used along with best practice framing standards to ensure maximum longevity. Conservation framing strives to ensure all aspects of the picture frame package are archival and any attachments to the art are completely reversible without harm.

Conservation framing services in melbourne, showing archival products used in the frame

Visual Heritage is active in the care, preservation and presentation of artworks and historical items and our materials and workmanship are in line with standards set by the numerous local and international organisations including The Picture Framers Guild of Australia, The Professional Picture Framers Association and The Fine Art Trade Guild ( UK ). We are committed to continually investigating and implementing new materials and processes where available.

Below is a brief explanation of the conservation grade materials and framing processes used:


An important component of any conservation grade frame is the use of 99% Ultraviolet ( UV ) Light absorbing glass. Ultraviolet light is a contributing factor of not only fading but also aids in the deterioration of paper fibres and other problems. UV absorbing acrylic can provide extra protection from possible damage from broken glazing.

Read more about Glazing Choices

Mount Boards & Backing Materials

We use only 100% Cotton Rag Mat and backing boards for our conservation framing. Having being produced from cotton these boards are naturally acid and lignin free, an important consideration for any materials used in conservation framing. Backing materials include Conservation Grade Foam board, Fluted Polypropylene ( Corflute ) and Aluminium Composite Panel.


With reversibly a key concern in conservation framing the method an artwork or item is secured in the frame is of vital importance. Careful consideration needs to be made when selecting which method is most appropriate. Corner pockets, mounting strips and mylar encapsulation are examples of where nothing is adhered to the artwork. When hinging of the artwork is desired we use Japanese Papers with a Wheat Starch Paste.