Remedial conservation involves the treatment of objects from the collections and is extremely time consuming.
This can involve such things as the cleaning of items, strengthening fragile objects, revealing surface decoration etc.
These treatments are carried out by staff with specialist training in a number of separate conservation disciplines, including textiles, Folklife, archaeology, furniture, paper and ceramics (with glass and stone), operating in separate studios within the overall umbrella of the Conservation Department.
Important archaeological finds are treated in the Conservation Department of the National Museum of Ireland, where they are cleaned, stabilised and investigated. In recent years this has included a number of important discoveries from Irish peat bogs, including the Faddan More Psalter.