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Archival Preservation

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Archival preservation is a broad science involving the study and practice of techniques for the restoration of items from decay and damage to their original state, or as close as possible to their original condition. Classic cars are one item that can be restored and reconditioned to look and operate like new. Classic car restoration and preservation is a fairly lucrative business, with sports car models, such as muscle cars from the fifties, sixties, and seventies now prized as collectors items, and Model T cars from the 1930s. Old engines are something of a hobby for many people, with repairing and replacing parts being the biggest feature of this hobby.

Turbine preservation, in particular, is something that both professional and amateur classic car enthusiasts know a great deal about. Engine system preservation encompasses turbine preservation, boilers and condensers preservation, prevention of corrosion damage, and a lot more. This is only the internal side of classic car restoration. The outside can be completely redone with a fresh coat of paint or stamped steel, embellishments and modifications made, and more.

The preservation of old automobiles is just one component of archival preservation. Archival preservation has to do with the restoration and protection of items for display in museums, from artifacts and fossils to archaic documents and ancient writings and manuscripts. Shipwrecks have been recovered from deep in the ocean, and many parts of the ships have been restored for the enjoyment and historical value they add to museums and professional collections.

The preservation of navigation rooms has given people a glimpse inside the old ships, and insight into the way ships guided their courses in the old days. Archival preservation is an interesting and dynamic field, covering the areas of science and history and often merging the two together in an exciting and engaging way. A prime example of the kind of work done in this field is the original Declaration of Independence, safely kept in the National Archives. It has been carefully preserved over the years using tried and true methods of preservation and restoration, employing scientific techniques to ensure that this original copy is left for generations to come. Archival preservation is something that can be learned in college, in school, and through personal experimentation with antiques and personal collectibles.

Everything from pocket watches to grandfather clocks and vases have been restored to their original condition, and many items such as these become family heirlooms, making preservation of antiquities a much valued application of modern science, and it is a true art form in itself.

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