MCI's objects conservators work on various archaeological and ethnographic objects, decorative arts, and sculpture. Conservation activities include examination, documentation, treatment, and preventive care, supported by research and education. Top Stories Objects Conservation Interview The Objects Conservator from the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute talks about her conservation work and projects. (external link opens in a new tab) Lock Project The lock project began with a request to assist with determining the age and conservation of a severely corroded iron rim lock found during renovation of an historic house at the Smithsonian’s Environmental Research Center. Bouquet Holder Project The bouquet holder project began with a request from Smithsonian Gardens for treatment of its large collection of bouquet holders (252) prior to digitization.