ECU Maritime Conservation Lab
Contract Services

The Maritime Conservation Lab performs contract work with local and international museums and non-profit organizations to promote community ties to cultural heritage and awareness of appropriate preservation techniques for historical objects. The laboratory is equipped for:

″ object conservation
″ microscopy
″ digital photography and documentation
″ dry and wet lab facilities
" small scale radiography
″ collection surveys
″ preventative conservation
″ environmental monitoring
″ teaching and internships
″ consultancy work
″ preservation workshops
″ disaster prevention workshops
″ material identification and analysis (SEM, FTIR, XRF)

The Program in Maritime Studies offers professional phase courses in artifact conservation as part of a master's degree in Maritime Studies. These courses include introductory conservation coursework, advanced conservation techniques, and an external internship. Depending upon the complexity of the project, students are available to assist with documentation and treatments under the direct supervision of an instructor. Please be aware that treatments may take longer than normal due to the teaching nature of the laboratory. Every effort will be made to return the object quickly, but some treatments may take more time than others.

The faculty and instructors at the laboratory have extensive experience treating a variety of materials. While the majority of objects treated at the laboratory have come from an archaeological environment, we have the ability to treat historic and ethnographic materials and to perform analysis and identification. The Maritime Conservation Lab works in collaboration with other academic departments at East Carolina University and in cooperation with other conservation facilities in the use of specialized equipment and research tools.

If you are interested in estimates for conservation work, workshops, or analysis, please contact us at:

ECU Maritime Conservation Lab
302 East 9th Street
Eller House
Greenville, North Carolina 27858
Phone: (252) 328-4407
Fax: (252) 328-6754


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