The importance and complexity of historic furnishings and works of art in churches is reflected in the type of information required in conservation reports. A conservation report is an essential tool in the management of cultural property as it informs the decision-making process for repairing and preserving objects. The report is also a permanent record, which should be kept in the church archive together with any relevant specialist and post-conservation reports, as it will inform the lifetime of the object and building
Reports are used to inform parishes or cathedral Chapters (or any other client) on the condition of the object, the causes of its deterioration and the necessary steps to ensure its sustainable preservation. The most common use for reports is to support faculty/authorisation and/or grant applications. In such cases, reports will also inform the church authorities and/or funding organisations of the appropriateness of the proposed treatments in view of the object's condition. Therefore, reports must provide a detailed description of the object's condition, analyse the causes of deterioration and explain why it is necessary to embark on a conservation programme.
We have available guidelines for conservators and other contractors on the preparation of reports to support church-related conservation projects (both before starting works - Conservation Reports- and on completion -Post-Conservation Treatment Reports). These are available for download here: