Documentation of all the records is a professional practice by conservators during conservation. ICI, Lucknow considers documentation as a very important step for easy accessibility and further reference of all the records. Graphic and photographic documentation of all the records is carried out. Each object in the laboratory is documented according to accepted professional standards. Such documentation includes a full identification and description of each object, its associations, provenance, condition, treatment along with photographic documentation.
A thorough and detailed examination and documentation whether of any individual object, a library, a collection, a museum or of all the architectural elements within a city, state help to form a basic plan of conservation. A proper basic plan makes the further processes more in right direction at the right pace. The conservation projects thus executed are successfully accomplished with in the budget and given frame of time.
An examination is intended to elucidate the nature of the original and added materials as well as to establish the state of conservation of the objects, renders, and support. As a preliminary, full photographic documentation in color and black and white, in both normal and raking light is carried out. The first step of any treatment protocol is a thorough examination of the object. This includes both its physical components and its cultural importance. Physical components include the materials used, its construction and the appearance of the object’s surface. The conservator often employs different techniques for this portion of the examination, including photographs taken in different light conditions such as visible, raking, ultra violet and infra red to examine the surface and x-rays to reveal the structure. pH meter is used for the measurement of acidity and digital mighty scope for the close examination of biological growth of fungus on the paintings.