Underpinning every aspect of Museum activity is the work of conservators. Conservators working with ethnographic objects use detailed examination to help objects tell their own stories. Does the presence of dirt or damage to an object result from original use, or has it occured during its time at the Museum? If a method of repair performed by an originating community is now causing deterioration of the object, is it justifiable to remove it? Browse our intriguing conservation case studies to get closer to the vital work of these professionals.